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- NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley (DGS) CCG covers a population of 265,000 and plans services that meet the needs of local people by engaging and involving patients, the public and other key partners in health to make sure safe and high quality services are provided at the right place and right time at every stage of life.
- DGS CCG’s governing body is made up of local GPs, other health professionals and lay members who work closely with partners in health and social care across Kent and Medway.
- You can have a say in local services by subscribing to the CCG’s patient newsletters, joining the Health Network, attending the local listening posts at public meetings and having your say through surveys and consultations. Visit https://www.dartfordgraveshamswanleyccg.nhs.uk for more information.
- Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are responsible for planning, organising and purchasing NHS-funded healthcare. This includes hospital services, mental health and community health services, ambulance and out of hours GP services. CCGs are led by local GPs, as member practices.
- Under primary care co-commissioning arrangements, some CCGs (including NHS DGS CCG) are now responsible for arranging certain GP services jointly with NHS England, which is the body that leads the NHS in England and sets the overall direction and priorities for the NHS as a whole. These arrangements are designed to support the development of integrated out-of-hospital services based around the needs of local people. More details can be viewed on the NHS England website: https://www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/pc-co-comms
- GP services and Pharmacy services are arranged by NHS England through contracts to provide services such as advice, consultations, examinations and treatments.