GP commissioners have admitted continuing uncertainty about the role of nurses on clinical commissioning groups.
In the summer the government announced each CCG, which will take over commissioning of most care from primary care trusts in April 2013, had to have a nurse on its governing body.
However, leaders of several emerging clinical commissioning groups told Nursing Times that – while they had a nurse on their board – they had not decided whether they would have voting or decision rights.
NHS Alliance chair Michael Dixon, who represents many clinical commissioners, acknowledged there was uncertainty about the nurse’s role. He said it would be different to member practices, as the practices would get to agree “which nurses and consultants they have on the board”.
Another senior NHS commissioning source said there was still confusion about whether nurses from local providers can sit on CCG boards, and whether they should have a non-executive governance role, or an executive role in developing services.
The source said the DH may still create a process for allocating nurses or hospital doctors to CCG boards, rather than allowing them to choose their own, but this had not been finally decided.