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Our commissioning intentions

Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for commissioning local health services for the population of Bristol.

We commission hospital services, urgent and emergency services (including out of hours GP services and ambulance services), community services and mental health services.

The development of commissioning intentions is an annual activity that seeks to ensure commissioners have clear oversight to work towards improving local health outcomes and to let providers, such as hospitals, know of the contractual changes that will be implemented in the forthcoming year.

Commissioning intentions are not intended to set out all activity that will be undertaken in a given year but they provide context for commissioning changes; list commissioning changes that improve quality of service or value for money; and signal to providers where resources may be changing or new delivery models may be implemented.

Planning to meet the needs of the population

Planning in the NHS is complex; the NHS is a national service with standards and targets that need to be met in Bristol, as elsewhere in the country.

An example of these targets is that at least 95% of patients going to A&E should be seen and treated within 4 hours.

In addition to these national standards and targets the CCG also needs to make sure that local health services are planned and commissioned to meet the needs of local people.

Some local health services will not change much year to year, while there are services we may want to change to make sure they deliver the best care for patients.

Joint Commissioning and Contracting Intentions for 2017/2018 and 2018/2019

Locally and nationally, the NHS system is facing major challenges to meet demand for services within resources available. It is only by working together that we can address these issues.

This is why NHS Planning Guidance has this year outlined the expectation that every health and care system (commissioners and providers) will come together to create an ambitious plan for accelerating the delivery of the national NHS Five Year Forward View – this is called the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP). To find out more see the NHS England Five Year Forward View.

In this area, the STP, covers Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) and involves all health and social care organisations across the area working collaboratively to ensure we meet the needs of the population. 

Read about our STP

As part of our development of the STP, as well as a commitment this year to developing a strong, single commissioning voice for the area, we are also working across all 3 CCGs to this year agree one BNSSG operational plan for commissioning.

These intentions will be subject to patient, public and stakeholder feedback and subsequent prioritisation.

The CCGs expect the current financial challenge to continue. We will, therefore, use the CCG’s prioritisation process to identify key schemes from those set out below and will work on those that are high priority in terms of outcome, quality and delivery of NHS Constitutional Standards and support delivery of our financial position.

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Nine national ‘must dos' for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGs

As part of NHS England's Shared Planning Guidance, there are nine 'must do' activities outlined in this document that Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGs must achieve by 2019. 

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Annual Report and Accounts 2016/17

Our Annual Report and Accounts for the year 2016/17, including the performance report, accountability report, and annual accounts.

Our principles

Our specific local challenges and the needs of our local population are detailed within our Operational Plan and in Bristol’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA).