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 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. To find out more about choice go to our information pages.

The Governing Body is made up of a Chairman, two executive directors, three lay members, two clinical members and six GP members. 

The Governing Body is the key decision-making body of the CCG and became accountable for its activities from 1 April 2013. On 11 December 2012, the Group became a legal entity after it was authorised by the NHS Commissioning Board.

NHS Kernow is made up of 10 GP localities and each locality has a GP lead. For more detail on this see GP Leads and localities. All executive directors and the 10 GP locality leads make up the Network Leadership Group, which manages the day-to-day operations of the CCG.

Emergency preparedness, resilience and response

Helen Childs 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