NHS England has published the latest review of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) with outstanding conditions and directions. Following the fourth conditions review, 12 more CCGs have demonstrated enough progress to discharge all of their authorisation conditions and can now operate unsupported. This now brings the total number of fully authorised CCGs to 192.

The latest review shows that 19 CCGs out of 211 still have to meet one or more of the 119 criteria set out in NHS England’s authorisation framework that CCGs must meet in order to be fully authorised. Of the 19 CCGs requiring support from NHS England, 3 CCGs (NHS Barnet, NHS Croydon and NHS Thurrock) have legal directions in place and will continue to receive formal, legally underpinned support from NHS England on such matters as planning, programme management, constitution and governance arrangements and leadership and organisational capacity including authorised officer appointment.

The next review by the CCG authorisation and assurance committee will in March 2014. Will all 19 CCGs receive the green light at next month’s post-authorisation conditions review? Watch this space.