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THE national authorisation of Derby and Derbyshire’s four clinical commissioning groups is to come under the spotlight at NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County’s next Board meeting today, Wednesday, May 2.

Taking place at 1pm at NHS Derby City’s Cardinal Square offices on 10 Nottingham Road, Derby DE1 3QT, the meeting is open to the public, who are also welcome to send any questions, views and comments relating to the Board papers ahead of the meeting to These papers can be viewed online at

The national steps clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) need to take to assume their statutory responsibilities in April 2013 will be among one of the key discussion points.

These steps will be authorised by the NHS Commissioning Board, who are currently responsible for overseeing the national implementation of NHS reforms during the transition period, using six criteria. These include how CCGs intend to make the most efficient use of taxpayers’ money, continuously drive improvement, and their engagement with the public, local authorities and specialist interest groups.

The ‘Authorisation Timetable and Process’ discussion will also set out key dates of the process – and update members of the public on the progress of Derby and Derbyshire’s CCG applications.

Other presentations at the Board include health priorities being met by the NHS Derbyshire Cluster, finances and governance arrangements prior to the formal establishment of CCGs in April 2013.

The NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County Board meeting will be led by NHS Derbyshire Cluster chair Mark Todd.

NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County are currently working together to lead the transition to locally-based GP clinical commissioning, which will see four groups of GPs and clinicians take over the running of the Derbyshire’s NHS from April 2013.

These groups are: Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group, Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group, North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, and the Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group. High Peak clinicians are represented under the North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group.