Who we are and what we do
NHS Dudley CCG is the NHS organisation responsible for commissioning (planning and buying) healthcare services for the 320,932 people registered with a GP in Dudley.
The types of services we commission include:
- Elective hospital care;
- Rehabilitation care;
- Urgent and emergency care;
- Most community health services;
- Mental health and learning disability services
Our work is overseen by a Governing Body which includes local GPs, Healthwatch Dudley, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council (MBC) representatives, Lay Members and Senior Managers.
Dudley CCG is made up of all the GP practices in the Dudley metropolitan borough divided into six Primary Care Networks:
- Sedgley, Coseley and Gornal
- Dudley and Netherton,
- Kingswinford and Wordsley
- Brierley Hill
- Stourbridge, Wollescote and Lye
You can find out about Dudley CCG’s governing body here
Primary Care Networks
In line with the NHS Long Term Plan, GP practices across England have begun working together with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services to form Primary Care Networks (PCNs).
PCNs aim to further improve access, availability and quality of primary care services to local people by:
- increasing the number of healthcare staff working in and with GPs
- providing people with better access to a wider range of support for their needs
- developing community teams that support people in their own homes
- expanding services available in GP practices.
Overall, PCNs will support the development of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care services.
PCNs are based on GP registered lists, typically serving natural communities of around 30,000 to 50,000.
A key feature of practices coming together, is introducing new roles into general practice which helps GPs focus their skills where they are most needed, such as diagnosing and treating patients. These roles include:
- Clinical Pharmacists
- Social Prescribing Link Workers
- First contact Physiotherapists
- Physician Associates
- Community Paramedics.
Watch a short animation here that explains the concept of PCNs and how this new way of working enables health and other services to work together to provide better access for patients.
Primary Care Networks in Dudley
As of July 2019, all GP practices in Dudley are working together as a Primary Care Network.
Patients are not likely to notice much of a difference at first, as some of the care they receive in Dudley is already joined-up. An example of this is t GP Extended Access which provide extra appointments for patients that could not easily access GP or nurse appointments during working hours.
There are five Primary Care Networks in Dudley, these are:
Dudley CCG is committed to working in partnership with a number of NHS and non-NHS organisations, to ensure local delivery of services and their development in accordance with national guidance and local needs. These partner organisations include local hospitals and other NHS trusts, local authorities, educational establishments, police, probation, the private sector and not-for profit and community groups.
Each year we ask our stakeholders for a view on how well we are doing. You can read the full survey results or the highlights for this year below: