The new NHS organisation responsible for planning and buying healthcare services for people living in Solihull has been given full authorisation.
Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is led by doctors and nurses and buys services for about 238,000 residents.
Each CCG had to undergo a rigorous authorisation process, to demonstrate they would develop safe and high quality services, had strong governance arrangements in place, engaged with patients and wider communities and were ready to take control of the NHS commissioning budget.
Along with many other CCGs across the country, Solihull CCG was authorised by NHS England as being able to discharge its statutory commissioning functions in time for April 1, with a very small number of conditions that it had to meet before receiving full authorisation. These conditions have now been removed.
Dr Anand Chitnis, Chair of Solihull CCG and a GP in Castle Bromwich, said: “We’re very pleased that we’ve now had confirmation of our full authorisation from NHS England. We have made excellent progress and I’d like to thank everyone involved for their hard work.
“We are committed to improving the healthcare of Solihull residents by providing high quality, co-ordinated care that is based around patient’s individual needs.”