Step closer in district’s NHS reform

Amanda Bloor, Chief Officer of Harrogate and Rural District CCG (S)
Amanda Bloor, Chief Officer of Harrogate and Rural District CCG (S)

The Harrogate district has moved one step closer to its new NHS structure as the area’s clinical commissioning group has been authorised as an NHS organisation.

The Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group (HaRD CCG) received its full authorisation as a statutory NHS organisation on Thursday, February 21.

The Harrogate CCG is in the third wave of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to be authorised by the national NHS Commissioning Board, signalling the new bodies are ready to take on job of commissioning health services for patients in their local communities from April 2013.

Chief Officer of NHS Harrogate and Rural District CCG Amanda Bloor said: “We are delighted to have been authorised to take responsibility of NHS commissioning for our area after what was a very rigorous assessment.

“Our vision is to secure high quality services, in the most appropriate setting, making maximum use of available resources. Through clinical leadership and collaborative working we aim to achieve the best possible health outcomes for all our local population.

“We have already been busy working with our providers of healthcare, local voluntary sector organisations and patient groups in the district to start shaping services that are fit for the future. We look forward to continuing this work as we assume control of NHS spending on hospital, community and mental health services.”

The HaRD CCG is the new clinically-led organisation taking over responsibility for buying most NHS services – including hospital, community and mental health services – for the Harrogate district from April 2013.

It is headed by Ripon-based GP Dr Alistair Ingram as the Clinical Chair, and Chief Officer and accountable officer Amanda Bloor.