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It is important that all disabled children and children with special educational needs have access to the right healthcare for them. Disabled children should be able to access treatment in the setting of their choice and this treatment should be delivered by professionals who take account of their views. For a list of local GP surgeries, Dentists and Pharmacies please enter your postcode in the NHS choices section on our homepage.

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) were set up by the Health and Social Care Act of 2012 as part of a major restructuring of NHS service delivery.  Lead by clinicians, CCGs are responsible for buying health services for the local area such as:

  • Hospital services
  • Urgent Care services
  • Rehabilitation Care
  • Most Community Health services
  • Mental Health and Learning Disability services

As well as researching and understanding the health needs of the local population, it is the responsibility of the CCG to monitor how a service they have commissioned is being delivered. CCGs do not commission Primary Care.

NHS England’s Simple Guide to the NHS explains the new structure of the organisation and how CCGs sit within it.

The following infographic by The Kings Fund sets out to explain the new structure of the NHS:

Local authorities will establish Health and Wellbeing boards as part of a new framework for cooperation between councils and health agencies. Patient involvement will also be reformed as local HealthWatch organisations are established to contribute to local planning.

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