(in England) a group working on behalf of a consortium of primary care trusts to undertake collaborative commissioning of specialized services and tertiary care. The specialized commissioning groups were established in response to the 2006 Carter review of specialized services. The 35 specialized services are those that are not provided in all local areas, including haemophilia services and specialized mental health services. There are 10 specialized commissioning groups, each covering a population of about five million people and conterminous with the strategic health authorities. A National Specialized Commissioning Group oversees the specialized commissioning groups and undertakes collaborative decision-making and commissioning on behalf of these groups.
Subjects: Medicine and Health.