CCGs Collaborate to Submit Digital Plans for NHS

With the aim of delivering a paper-free NHS by 2020, a large number of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have decided to work together on their digital roadmaps.

CCGs have been put in charge of making sure their local healthcare practices are working to achieve their paper-free target, and in October this year they submitted details about the organisations in their area who they will collaborate with in order to go digital.

As well as local NHS organisations, CCGs also had to work with local authority partners to make sure social care was covered too.

NHS England's head of technology strategy said the centre had received 90 footprints with 52 coming from single CGGs and 38 coming from multiple CCGs that had grouped together.

He added: "Interestingly, many of those footprints reflect the information-sharing and interoperability agenda, and are about CCGs and their partners coming together on a wider basis."

Manchester was home to the largest group, where 12 CCGs have come together to work on the digital roadmaps reflecting the Greater Manchester Devolution - a programme which includes the devolution of a £6bn health and social care budget for the region.

Last month Chancellor George Osborne announced that the NHS would receive £1bn to support going paper-free by 2020.

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