Who is NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group?
Led by the 14 GP practices of Halton who oversee NHS decision making locally, we commission and are responsible for NHS services used by our residents.
We commission providers such as Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, St Helen’s and Knowsley Teaching Hospital NHS Trust, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as well as specialist services further afield like women’s and children’s. We also commission general practice services via a delegation agreement with NHS England and Improvement.
We pay for these services on behalf of Halton residents and monitor providers to make sure they are delivering the right care at the right price. We study their figures, look at patient feedback and work together to ensure continuous quality improvement. Being relatively small, the CCG is able to work more personally and flexibly with its member practices and has invested a lot of time into building excellent relationships with them. We also work closely with Halton Borough Council.
There are many opportunities for local GPs to get involved in supporting the CCG's commissioning process and clinical input is invaluable to the decisions we make.
Tell me more about Halton?
Halton comprises the twin towns of Widnes and Runcorn and their surrounding villages.
Situated on the Mersey Estuary, its unique location and excellent road links mean that the historic city of Chester and the Cheshire countryside is easily accessible, as are the larger cities of Liverpool and Manchester. The Mersey Gateway road bridge provides excellent road, rail and air links to the North West and beyond.
One of the defining characteristics of Halton is the Mersey Estuary. Designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA), an internationally important wetland site and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the estuary provides a unique waterfront environment.
Halton also boasts a snow sports centre, ice rink, three canals and acres of open space. Halton values its heritage, such as its Grade 1 listed Norman castle and Norton Priory, which sits alongside newer developments, including the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, the Select Security Stadium home of the Widnes Vikings Rugby League Team, and The Brindley arts centre and theatre.
Halton has two established Primary Care Networks (PCNs), comprising of six practices in Runcorn and eight practices in Widnes. Practice size across the borough range from 3,500 to 15,000 patients. There are also two established GP Federations who provide community services.
There are many opportunities for local GPs to get involved in supporting the ongoing development of Primary Care Networks and improving the care of local patients.
Interested in working in Halton?
Many of our general practice roles are advertised on NHS jobs, the dedicated one-stop site for NHS Jobs throughout the UK.