What is NHS Hertfordshire?
We hold the vast majority of the NHS budget locally and are the lead health commissioning organisation in the county. Commissioning means that we assess the health needs of our population then use our resources to buy services from hospitals and other providers such as mental health trusts, GPs and dentists to meet those needs. By doing this we can have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the local population. We also fund the cost of medicines and treatments prescribed by GPs and nurse prescribers.
We commission services in a number of different ways:
- Directly with providers such as hospitals
- Practice based commissioning ( PBC) – where GPs, nurses and therapists can design services that meet the needs of their patients in a particular area
- Primary care commissioning – this involves services provided by GPs, community pharmacists, dentists and optometrists
- Sharing the commissioning of services - this means that we join together with Hertfordshire County Council and we both contribute some of our budgets to a partnership who then arrange mental health and learning disability services in the county. We use the majority of this money to commission services from Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and from Adult Care Services.