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What is local commissioning?

Local commissioning means local GP practices joining together to form a group which will commission (buy-in) local health care services, rather than it being done by the Primary Care Trust or the Department of Health.

What we do

As the commissioner, the CCG decides which health services should be provided, who will provide them and how they should be paid for.  The CCG has a duty to act as an advocate for patients and ensure that the appropriate high-quality services are provided and that those services represent a good use of taxpayers’ money.

The CCG is responsible for commissioning a wide range of clinical or service areas for people in Ipswich and the East Suffolk area.

Services we commission are as follows:

  • Community health services
  • Maternity services
  • Urgent and emergency care such as A&E, ambulance and out-of-hours services
  • Elective hospital care
  • Mental health services
  • Continuing Healthcare

We commission services from a number of providers which include:

  • Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
  • Addenbrooke’s Hospital
  • East of England Ambulance NHS Trust – to provide emergency and non-emergency ambulance and patient transport services
  • Allied Health Professionals Suffolk – to provide physiotherapy services
  • West Suffolk Hospital, Ipswich Hospital and Norfolk Community Health and Care Trust  – to provide community health services
  • Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust – to provide mental health services
  • Care UK – to provide out-of-hours GP and dental services
  • West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Who we are

Find out more about who makes up the governing body, the clinical executive group and the local GP practices.

Procurement page

Please see our Procurement page for lists of our current, pending and recently completed procurements.
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