NHS Kingston

National policy

Background and context

The Government’s health and social care bill 2012 set out a new vision for the NHS in England. Key elements include:

  • Establishing a health and wellbeing board in every local authority. These will support joint working on health and well-being between NHS commissioners and local authorities.

    Go to the Kingston Council website for more information about the health and wellbeing board.

  • Clinical commissioning. Clinical commissioning groups are taking on commissioning functions from PCTs are managing the bulk of the NHS budget from 1 April 2013. A new National Commissioning Board (NHS England) will hold commissioning groups to account, and will also commission other primary care practitioners.

    Kingston GP pathfinder was in the first wave of pathfinders announced by the Government in December 2010, and Kingston was one of eight CCGs nationally to be authorised without conditions in the first wave of authorisations, November 2012.

  • Patient and Public Engagement. The health and social care bill outlined the importance of patient involvement in shaping services . New arrangements for public and patient engagement including the creation of a national body (HealthWatch England) to sit within the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and local HealthWatch, based on existing Local Involvement Networks (LINks).

    HealthWatch is taking on responsibility for advocacy and signposting patients to the right services. In Kingston we are working closely with the new Healthwatch to take forward plans for healthcare in the borough. Visit the Have Your Say section to find out more.
  • Public health. At the national level, a new organisation called Public Health England will set challenging national objectives. At the local level, councils take over responsibility for public health services from 1 April 2013. 

Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group, Guildhall, Kingston, KT1 1EU
Tel: 020 8339 8000 or email communications@kingstonccg.nhs.uk

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