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

Our purpose as a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is to help meet the health and care needs of local people. We are allocated a budget of just over £350 million a year to achieve this and use it to plan and pay for (or ‘commission’) health and care services from a number of service providers (such as hospitals, mental health and community trusts).

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

We were established on 1 April 2013 with a clear remit to ensure that family doctors and other clinicians play a leading role in deciding and directing how local NHS resources should be used.

A key part of what we do is working closely with Southampton City Council and other health and care partners to ensure the right services are in place for our community. We pool £68 million of our budget with £28 million from the Council in order to progress our vision for Better Care Southampton. This programme of work represents our vision for the transformation of care in Southampton and aims to integrate health and care services in order to improve people’s quality of life.

We also make sure we listen to local people. We actively engage with the public during the commissioning process to ensure that we act upon the views and needs of patients, carers and the public.

Our organisation

We have:

  • 31 member GP practices
  • the same boundaries as Southampton City Council.

Our population

  • 276,260 people are registered with GP practices in the city.
  • 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 – between 2014 and 2017 there is expected to be an increase of 20% in the number of people under 10 and in those over 70.
  • 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 about 25.9% of the city’s children live in poverty.
  • In 2012, a quarter of the city’s adults were classified as obese.
  • 22.3% of residents are from an ethnic group other than White British compared to 20.2% nationally (2011 Census).