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Our Role

Who we are and what we do 

NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (BLMK CCG) was formed on 1 April 2021 following the merger of Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG), Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG) and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (MKCCG). We are responsible for planning and buying (or ‘commissioning’) NHS-funded healthcare for the almost 1 million people living in BLMK.

The creation of the single CCG gives us a real opportunity to meet the wider healthcare needs of our communities, utilising the greater joint working across health and social care that has happened in response to the Covid pandemic. In developing our plans to merge, we engaged with local people and stakeholders and this feedback helped shape our proposal. We know how important it is to retain a local focus and strong clinical voice in each place, and we are committed to this as we look forward towards a more integrated future within the BLMK ICS.

As a single CCG we will continue to work more closely than ever before with our NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and other system partners, to reduce health inequalities and improve outcomes for the residents of Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes and the communities we serve.

We are committed to delivering the highest-quality healthcare and services as close to where you live as possible, while making sure we achieve the best value for money.

To do that, the CCGs have contracts with a number of different providers including hospitals, community and mental health trusts, ambulance trusts and care homes, as well as other organisations which provide treatment and healthcare.  


Clinically-led

Our CCG is clinically-led, which means a new Governing Body consisting of GPs, Lay Members and Executive Directors has been recruited to lead the new organisation, taking up their posts on 1 April 2021. Dr Sarah Whiteman, a Bedfordshire resident and Milton Keynes GP, has been appointed Chair. Felicity Cox, continues as Accountable Officer for the new BLMK CCG and Executive Lead for BLMK Integrated Care System.

You can find out more about our new Governing Body here.

You can access the key strategies for BLMK CCG here


Current Commissions

We currently commission the following hospital, community and mental health services on behalf of local people.  

  • Ambulance services, A&E & integrated urgent care (NHS 111 and GP out of hours)  
  • Non-urgent hospital care  
  • Community health services including community nursing, speech and language therapy services and wheelchair services 
  • Rehabilitation services 
  • NHS continuing healthcare
  • Maternity and new-born services (excluding new-born intensive care) 
  • Children’s healthcare services (mental and physical health) 
  • Services for people with learning disabilities 
  • Mental health services 
  • Primary medical services (co-commissioned with NHS England)