NHS England has published its Interim CCG Assurance Framework (available from here). The framework is designed to help NHS England, patients and the public identify how well Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are performing in their role as the commissioners of local health services. CCGs are accountable to their local populations and to NHS England for planning and delivering comprehensive and high quality care that meets the needs of their local community. This framework will support CCGs to deliver this and will help them to transform local services and improve outcomes for all patients.

The publication of the Interim Assurance Framework kicks off an engagement process with CCG staff, patient groups and other key stakeholders which will inform a final Framework to be published in the autumn.