Clinical Commissioning Groups (more commonly known as CCGs) are statutory bodies responsible for planning and buying healthcare services for their local populations.
CCGs are clinically-led, and are responsible for making sure that the healthcare services they commission are safe, effective, and of high quality. Advancing Quality assists CCGs by identifying critical interventions in each treatment pathway and providing high quality data and information to help CCGs understand how the services they commission are performing. CCGs often use AQ information to assure themselves that all of their patients are receiving excellent care, and to identify priorities for improvement.
There are over 200 CCGs in England; with 33 in the north-west of the country (the area covering Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, and Cheshire.) Almost all CCGs in the north-west continue to value and support Advancing Quality, and this helps to sustain the region-wide foundations of AQ.