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What is clinical commissioning?

Clinical commissioning is the term used to describe how an organisation (the commissioner) first identifies the health needs of a population and then sets about a process to appoint other organisations (providers) to supply services to meet these needs.

We have a duty to ensure that the services we commission are of a high quality, are safe, locally available and accessible and also good value for money. The services we commission include:

  • Most local hospital care for example A&E, outpatients, tests and operations.
  • Most mental health care including both GP-based services and hospital-based services.
  • Most community services for example district nurses, matrons and physiotherapy.

We do not commission all health services. NHS England has the responsibility for:

  • GPs, Dentists, Opticians and Pharmacists
  • Specialist Services for example cardiac and neuro-surgery or transplant surgery.

Public Health is the responsibility of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.