Co-owner, service provider, critical friend? The role of public health in clinical commissioning groups

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    Background Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) were in early development when fieldwork took place. Public Health (PH) was moving into the local authority, and new ways of working were being established. Methods Three qualitative case studies in the North of England were undertaken using three different data collection methods: observations, interviews and the collection of documents that were related to the project. Comprehensive field notes were taken during observations, analysed alongside interview transcriptions and collected documentation using the software programme Atlas.ti. Results The relationship between the CCG and their local PH team was in development at the time of data collection. Three different PH roles could be discerned from the data: ‘co-owner’, ‘service provider’ and ‘critical friend’. These roles impacted on the utilization of PH by CCGs and the wider relationship between the CCG and PH. Conclusions These models are ‘ideal types’, and in reality the CCG–PH relationship in most areas will contain elements of all three models. However, to think of them as set out in this paper is instructive for both CCGs and PH. It is important that CCGs and their PH colleagues to think clearly about what they are trying to achieve and how that can most effectively work together.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberfdv137
    Pages (from-to)1-6
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Public Health
    Volumeonline first
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2015


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