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CCG staff numbers vary significantly

27th September 2012

A survey of the new clinical commissioning groups has revealed major variations in the number of staff they plan to employ.


The first analysis of the structure of the new groups has shown the number of internal staff and their reliance on independent support services will vary from on CCG to another.

CCGs in total are likely to employ significantly fewer people than the independent commissioning support providers which will carry out much of their day-to-day work.

The Department of Health estimates there will need to be 4,200-6,300 staff in CCGs and 8,000 in commissioning support units.

The journal analysed staff structure data provided by a sample of 18 of the 35 CCGs being assessed in the first wave of the authorisation process and found that while the variation in numbers can be put down to differences in population size, it also emerged that the amount of work that is contracted out will be a factor.

In a range of examples, NHS Bedfordshire CCG is planning to employ 125 staff, as well as a 20-strong quality team shared with another CCG for a population of 432,000.

Meanwhile NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG is looking to employ 55 staff covering a population of 230,800, though NHS Portsmouth CCG with a similar size population plans only to employ 12.9 whole time equivalent staff but will share a further 17 with neighbouring CCGs and 18 with a local authority.

NHS East Riding of Yorkshire CCG, with a population of 300,000, is planning to employ only 28 staff directly.


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