What health services are available?
Health services are an important part of our Local Offer provision. Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for around 450,000 people who live in the Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire areas. This includes:
- hospital services
- community health services
- mental health services
Clinically led, BCCG is a member organisation made up of 48 GP practices across Bedfordshire.
Local GPs provide the BCCG governing body with advice and support using their local knowledge and clinical expertise. During 2018/19 GP practices have collaborated on several projects in Bedford and Central Bedfordshire to deliver care differently, including:
- extended access appointments in the evenings and at weekends
- shared roles to support patients who are at risk of admission to hospital
- a joined-up approach with community services, health and social care teams
The BCCG currently commission:
- ambulance services, A&E and integrated urgent care (NHS 111 & GP out of hours)
- non-urgent hospital care
- community health services including community nursing, speech and language therapy services and wheelchair services
- rehabilitation services
- NHS continuing healthcare
- maternity and new-born services (excluding new-born intensive care)
- children’s healthcare services (mental and physical health)
- services for people with learning disabilities
- mental health services
- Primary Medical Services (co-commissioned with NHS England)
BCCG is committed to:
- commissioning high quality, safe and sustainable models of care that deliver clinical outcomes and patient experience, using evidence based decisions and best practice
- ensuring that there is a financially sustainable and affordable healthcare system in Bedfordshire
- leading, engaging and operating as an effective placed-based STP wide system partner to achieve greater integration and delivery
- supporting local people and stakeholders to have an influence on services that are commissioned to ensure decisions are formed and shaped by local views and insights
- operating and managing the governing body to the highest standards of accountability
You can read more about how BCCG is organised, in its constitution. It explains how BCCG operate, make decisions and the governance structures and processes.
You can also read BCCG's operational delivery plan which sets out the commissioning projects and activities to be undertaken by the group.