Primary Care Co-Commissioning

From 1st April 2015, the six South West London Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), with NHS England (a central organisation), will take on the responsibility of commissioning Primary Care services together, as part of a Primary Care joint co-commissioning arrangement.

Towards the end of 2014, the six CCGs in South West London decided that together they would like to plan (commission) Primary Care services* across South West London (SWL).  They agreed to pursue the model of a SWL-wide Joint Committee with NHS England which will have representation from each of our six CCGs, NHSE and others.

CCGs also commission acute hospital services (with NHS England), community health services and mental health services for our local population and will continue to do so. Under the joint commissioning arrangement, they will now also begin to work together to plan and develop their local primary care health services. This is happening because the NHS wants local clinicians and local communities to have more influence over how primary care services are developed.


This is part of the NHS’ vision to improve the quality of services for patients, provide greater value for money, ensure that people have access to the services they need and create a more responsive health service.


CCGs and NHSE working together in this way to plan and deliver primary care services is called ‘co-commissioning‘. It is one of a series of changes set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View​ to transform the way primary and community care services are provided for local people.​​

A joint committee is being set up to oversee the joint commissioning function. More detailed work will continue to take place with CCGs, NHS England (London) and Local Authority colleagues to establish how the joint committee will work in practice.

 A presentation containing more information is available to download here:
Primary Care CC – what will it mean for me and my family final.pptx
*Previously, NHS England commissioned Primary Care services – this means that they planned and developed the Primary Care services that GP practices provided. Every GP practice offers a core set of services which is the same in most practices and in addition a range of different Primary Care health services – these could include such services as extended contraceptive planning and advice, minor surgery such as mole removal or more expertise in particular long term conditions such as diabetes.