NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG was established as part of the major changes to the NHS set out in the 2010 White Paper Equity and Excellence - Liberating the NHS which became law under the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
From April 2013 Primary Care Trusts were abolished under the 2012 Act and Clinical Commissioning Groups became responsible for commissioning (buying) health and care services including:
- elective hospital care
- rehabilitation care
- urgent and emergency care
- most community health services
- mental health and learning disability services.
The CCG is overseen by NHS England, which is a national body formed under the 2012 Act. Regional offices of NHS England oversee CCGs and also manage primary care commissioning, including holding GP practices NHS contracts.
Further information about the CCG, it's roles and responsibilities, functions and general duties can be found in our Constitution
This diagram explains simply the new structure of the NHS.
The NHS Constitution for England can be found on the Department of Health website
Watch this helpful video from The King's Fund called 'How does the NHS in England work? An alternative guide':