STRUCTURE: NHS Somerset has delegated responsibility for the commissioning of community and mental health services worth more than £128m to the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group.

From 1 October the CCG has been responsible for commissioning all services provided by Somerset Partnership Foundation Trust, which took on the primary care trust’s provider arm under transforming community services.

Community services provided by Somerset Partnership are worth £79.4m and include 13 community hospitals and seven minor injury units as well as health visitors, podiatry and prison healthcare at Shepton Mallet prison.

The 2011-12 mental health and learning disability services contract is worth £48.6m and includes clinical psychology and psychological therapies, 10 adult psychiatric wards and one youn persons inpatient unit.

The PCT has set out its priorities for the CCG, which include ensuring the delivery of management and administrative savings arising from the TCS integration of £2.4m.

The CCG will be required to:

  • deliver an annual commissioning plan for consideration by the primary care trust board initially in March 2012;
  • report monthly on expenditure, performance and patient safety against key areas of the contract;
  • provide regular updates at least six monthly and more often if requested on the details of specific services
  • seek specific approval for any new expenditure proposed in excess of £50,000 or which involves the commissioning of new or expanded services from GP practices.