On 8 July 2011 the Department of Health published Developing the NHS Commissioning Board. This paper sets out initial proposals from the NHS Commissioning Board development team about how the board will operate and how it will be organised. It aims to give staff and stakeholders further clarity about the suggested design of the board, and to serve as the basis of further engagement on how the board should develop.

As the Government has previously outlined, the board will host clinical networks and clinical senates. In addition, at the heart of the board’s responsibilities will be working with clinical commissioning groups and the wider systems “to use the commissioning budget of around £80 billion a year to secure the best possible health outcomes”. The board will “provide national leadership” for improving outcomes outlined in the NHS Outcomes Framework, ensuring consistency across England and championing patients’ interests.

The paper states that the board will be accountable to the Department of Health, HM Treasury and Parliament. The board will also have to answer to patients and the public. In addition, the board will work with a wide range of groups including patient groups, healthcare professionals, local government and industry.  

The paper provides greater detail on the operating model for the board, including an overview of the people and roles needed.  

The following timetable has been put in place:

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