Commissioning Policies

Commissioning Policies

This page contains details of local decisions about specific medicines and treatments, published on behalf of Northern, Eastern and Western Devon and South Devon & Torbay CCGs.
Click on the links below to access commissioning policies.  These are categorised by body system. The associated Equality Impact Assessments, if currently available, are accessible here

Clinical policy patient support information has been produced to provide clarity for patients, the public and staff about why and how a decision has been taken in respect of commissioning a particular treatment and what it will mean for patients. 

The CCGs’ position on the implementation of policies affecting patient referral can be found here

Further information on the joint collaborative local decision making processes, rationale and guiding principles, and governance arrangements can be found here.
Gastrointestinal system Cardiovascular system Respiratory Central nervous system Endocrine system Obstetrics, gynaecology & urinary-tract disorder Oncology Nutrition and blood Musculoskeletal & joint disease Eye Ear, nose and oropharynx Skin Surgery Diagnostics

Please note:  Some commissioning policies approved by the previous commissioning organisations have not been reviewed and updated yet. However they are still applicable for the local population and can be accessed here.  

Since April 2013, NHS England has responsibility for directly commissioning all prescribed specialised services. 'Prescribed' specialised services are those 'tested' against the four factors in the Health and Social Care Act 2012 as suitable for commissioning by NHS England. 

This means that some commissioning policies which were agreed by the previous commissioning organisations are no longer valid as the commissioning of these areas is now the responsibility of NHS England. Further details of former policies which this has affected can be found here

Current commissioning decisions of Kernow CCG, which include some previously made collaboratively via the Peninsula Health Technology Commissioning Group, can be found here.

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