Changes were made to the health and care system across England in April 2013 as part of the Health and Social Care Act. This system, explained here, was aimed at giving local communities and patients more say in the care they receive.
NHS England have four regional teams with NHS Midlands and East of England being the regional team for Norfolk.
The regional teams work closely with organisations such as clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), local authorities, health and wellbeing boards as well as GP practices.
NHS England oversees the operation of the CCGs, allocates resources to CCGs and buys primary care and specialist services, such as, GPs, Dentists, prison health, inpatient child adolescent mental health services.
Provides national leadership and expert services to support public health, and also works with local government and the NHS to respond to emergencies.
CCGs replaced the Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) in April 2013. Norfolk has five CCGs, which are made up of doctors, nurses and other professionals. These groups are responsible for planning and buying healthcare services for their local area such as: hospital care, Community Health Care services, NHS Trust and NHS foundation trusts for people living in Norfolk and Waveney area. They can buy services from any service provider that meets NHS Standards and cost and must gain assurance of the quality of the services being provided.
To Support the CCGs in some practical aspects of their duties and responsibilities to buy healthcare services such as contract negotiation, analysing information some CCGs in Norfolk have used the expertise of North East London (NEL) Commissioning Support Unit.
Acute Hospital Providers:
Some children and young people may be referred to specialist health services provided outside of Norfolk due to their particular needs for example:
Community Health, Mental health and Learning Disabilities Health Providers:
Universal Health Child Programme (Commissioned by Public health)
Norfolk County Council is responsible for protecting and improving public health.
Our role is to help people lead healthy lifestyles and stay safe from threats to their health. Our public health team work on:
Health watchdog Healthwatch Norfolk has been set up to give local people their say on local services.
The Health and Wellbeing Board brings together local organisations including councils, CCGs, voluntary groups and charities to help improve the health of people in Norfolk via its Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
England’s new healthcare system explained
For a visual explanation of the healthcare system in England visit King’s Fund.