Haringey Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is an NHS organisation. We are responsible for planning and buying healthcare services for Haringey residents (commissioning). CCGs were established by the government’s Health and Social Care Act 2012 and have replaced primary care trusts (PCTs).
Haringey CCG is made up of all the GP practices in Haringey and is led by a Governing Body. We commission (buy) the local health services that you might need and use. We commission lots of different types of healthcare services from hospitals and community-based providers, like blood testing and physiotherapy. We also work closely with Haringey Council who buy and provide some services which are part of both health and social care such as nursing homes.
Along with commissioning services, we are responsible for monitoring how well these services are provided and delivered. We know that we can only do this if we hear and understand what people think of health services in Haringey, and we are committed to getting your feedback. Our two main acute (hospital) providers in Haringey are the North Middlesex University Hospital and Whittington Health. Whittington Health is also the main community services provider in Haringey.
Our main mental health service provider is Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust. Primary care services in Haringey – GPs, dentists, optometrists and pharmacists – are not commissioned by the CCG, but by NHS England. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 introduced big changes to the healthcare system in England which came into effect on 1 April 2013. Changes included getting rid of primary care trusts and setting up new organisations to replace them, like CCGs and NHS England.
These new organisations are now responsible for commissioning health services. E-reward, an online pay research service, analysed the pay of more than 2,500 managers at the 211 CCGs in England in 2015. They reported that 56% of 225 top executives – chief officers and chief finance officers – were paying themselves more than the salary range recommended by NHS England of £95,000 to £125,000 a year. Bristol CCG were subject to a legal challenge from a local pressure group, Protect Our NHS, who claimed that their processes for involving patients and the public in their decisions were inadequate. A judicial review was withdrawn in June 2014 after the CCG agreed to amend its patient and public involvement strategy and other documents.