NHS Southampton City CCG - who we are and what we do

Our purpose as a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is to meet the health and care needs of our population. We are allocated a budget to achieve this and must use it to plan and pay for (or ‘commission’) health and care services from a number of service providers (such as hospital, mental health and community trusts and GPs). We are responsible for making sure that local people get the high quality health services they need.

A nurse and patient talking in the patient's garden.

We were established on 1 April 2013 with a clear focus on ensuring family doctors and other clinical professionals play a leading role in deciding and directing how our local NHS resources should be used. With around 90% of local interaction with the NHS taking place in GP practices, this move was intended to shift the decision-making for health services as close as possible to patients.

A large part of our work involves working closely with the local authority, NHS England and other health and care partners to ensure the right services are in place for our community. We also make sure we listen to local people so we can act upon the views and needs of patients, carers and the public.

Our organisation

We have:

  • 27 member GP practices
  • a budget of £392 million for 2018/19 covering services at acute hospitals, community services, GP services and prescribing
  • the same boundaries as Southampton City Council, covering an area of some 28 square miles
  • 122 staff who are responsible for supporting the planning and buying of local healthcare, including our Integrated Commissioning Unit which commissions jointly with Southampton City Council.

Our population

  • 286,971 people are registered with GP practices in the city (March 2018).
  • 20% of the city’s population are aged between 15 and 24, which is significantly higher than the national average of 13% (2011 Census).
  • The population is growing rapidly. Southampton is experiencing above national average population with this trend forecast to continue.
  • Around 86,000 people in Southampton, 31% of the population, have an ongoing health condition (such as diabetes, heart disease, epilepsy, breathing problems etc.). Over half of these people have two or more conditions for which they need ongoing support.
  • Deprivation is higher than average and around a quarter of the city’s children live in poverty.
  • 62% of the city’s adults are overweight or obese.
  • 22.3% of residents are from an ethnic group other than White British compared to 20.2% nationally (2011 Census).

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