Commissioning comprises a range of activities, including:
- assessing needs
- planning services
- procuring services
- monitoring quality.
The process, which is repeated typically on an annual basis, is often shown as a cycle:
NHS Wirral CCG and Adult Social Care and Public Health from Wirral Council came together in May 2018 to form a single commissioning function, Wirral Health and Care Commissioning (WHCC). The purpose of WHCC is to jointly commission:
- public health services for the residents of Wirral and,
- all age health and care
Key to this is the transformation of service delivery which is expected to reduce need for high cost hospital care and reducing the need for long term care by:
- improving the health and wellbeing outcomes for the people of Wirral,
- reducing health inequalities and
- delivering sustainable services, both clinically and financially.