Who we are and what we do

NHS Kernow is the clinical commissioning group for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The Group is formed of 60 local practices who are themselves formed into nine locality groups which have been involved in local commissioning for many years.

Our principal work is to buy health services on behalf of local people. We are responsible for buying:

  • Hospital care
  • Mental health care
  • Children's care
  • Community health services
  • GP out of hours services

There are many more service providers from the charitable, voluntary and private sectors that allow many patients wider choice of service location and type. Find out more about choice go to our get information pages.

Our Governing Body is made up of a chair, four executive directors one of whom covers the registered nurse role, a secondary care clinical members, four lay members and six GP members, who are responsible for providing the clinical leadership of NHS Kernow as it commissions community, acute and mental health services. A senior council representative with a lead on adults or children’s services is also a member of the Governing Body, along with the local Director of Public Health or their deputy. Since 1 April 2020, NHS Kernow also commissions primary medical services as delegated by NHS England.

Emergency preparedness, resilience and response

Natalie Jones holds the portfolio for emergency preparedness, resilience and response. 

NICE guidance

NHS Kernow uses guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) when planning and providing services for patients.
NICE provides independent, authoritative and evidence-based guidance on the most effective ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease and ill health, reducing inequalities and variation as well as seeking to improve the quality of care. NICE develops guidance by working with experts from the NHS, local authorities, and others in the public, private and voluntary sectors. 
To find out more about NICE and how this affects your care as a patient please go to www.nice.org.uk