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Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has today been given authorisation from the NHS Commissioning Board to take control of the local NHS budget. This confirms that the CCG is fit for purpose and ready to take on the role of commissioning local health services from 1 April 2013.

Richmond CCG brings together 30 GP practices in the borough of Richmond into one commissioning organisation. It will formally take responsibility for commissioning hospital, community and mental health services for local people from April 2013, overseeing a budget of approximately £220 million. It has been operating in shadow form since April 2012.

Authorisation is a rigorous process designed to ensure that the new clinical commissioning groups are ready to take on their statutory role of commissioning health services for patients in their local communities. The robust assessment tests CCGs against a set of criteria and involves a wide range of expert assessors.

Dominic Wright, Richmond CCG Chief Officer, said: “We welcome this announcement and are proud to be authorised with only one condition.

Our CCG is one of the smallest in the country, but this does not affect the performance or quality we can achieve. We have one of the most able teams who have already demonstrated an ability to be a highly-effective organisation. We have the skills, confidence and capability needed to shoulder our health and financial responsibilities and serve the people of Richmond from April 2013.”​

The new system of clinical commissioning focuses on delivering improved clinical outcomes, patient safety, quality, innovation, public participation and patient experience that will bring real benefits to patients and the public​