There are currently two CCGs covering Birmingham: Birmingham and Solihull CCG( BSOL) and, Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG. CCGs are constituted of member GP practices, which are all contractually obliged to be CCG members. Birmingham LMC has made a significant contribution advising both constituent practices and their CCGs on the content of their legally-binding constitutions. The LMC will continue to liaise with GPs, their CCGs and NHS England locally to provide help, advice and support wherever appropriate across all areas of their responsibilities.
The Birmingham CCGs now have full delegated responsibility for commissioning general practice and holding GP practice contracts. This function is carried out through the CCGs’ Primary Care Co-Commissioning Committees, at which the LMC is represented in an observer and advisory capacity.
The responsibility for commissioning public health local enhanced services (sexual health services, alcohol and substance abuse services, NHS health checks, smoking cessation and lifestyle services)has been transferred to local authorities rather than CCGs and the LMC therefore also has a role in liaising with Birmingham City Council in respect of these services and other matters of relevance to general practice.
The LMC regularly liaises and engages with GPs, practice staff, the CCGs, the NHS England regional team, Birmingham City Council and all other relevant bodies, including the Birmingham and Solihull and the West Birmingham and Black Country STP boards in order to represent and to provide help, advice and support to GPs and their practices wherever appropriate across all areas of their responsibilities.