NHS Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is run by local GPs. It aims to commission (buy) high quality, safe and effective health services that meet the needs of residents in Ambleside, Askam-in-Furness, Barrow-in-Furness, Carnforth, Dalton-in-Furness, Garstang, Grange-over-Sands, Kendal, Kirkby-in-Furness, Lancaster, Millom, Milnthorpe, Morecambe, Sedbergh, Ulverston and Windermere.
To do this we use local clinical expertise, evidence of good practice and the experience of patients who use the services we commission.
NHS Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group was established in April 2017 following formal boundary change and the integration of the former Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Group and the South Cumbria network of the Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group.
Based across three locality sites of Moor Lane Mills in Lancaster city centre, Enterprise House in Kendal and Stafford House in Barrow-in-Furness, the CCG is a membership organisation that comprises 35 GP practices, though following a number of practice alignments, we outreach to our communities through 64 individual practice venues.
The member practices have delegated responsibility to the Governing Body of NHS Morecambe Bay CCG, which ensures that the CCG operates efficiently and in the best interests of the population it serves. Full details of the Membership Council, Governing Body and CCG committees are available here:
The full range of legislative powers is set out in our Constitution document which can be accessed here: http://www.morecambebayccg.nhs.uk/download/MBCCG-Constitution-v3.1.pdf
Ongoing assurance of the CCG is undertaken by NHS England through the CCG Assurance Framework. The assurance process identifies whether CCGs are operating effectively to commission safe, high quality and sustainable services within their resources. Through this process we have continued to be assured throughout the year.
We are responsible for commissioning planned and emergency hospital care, rehabilitation, most community services and mental health and learning disability services. We are also responsible for engaging with local people to ensure that services meet the health needs of the community.
We also commission services from the voluntary, community and faith sector, care homes, independent sector and local authorities.