As a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) we are responsible for approximately £800m of your money. This means it is important that we follow national and local guidance on how we make our decisions on commissioning (planning and funding) health and care so that you can access the best possible services. By following an agreed process we can ensure that our decisions are fair and transparent.
Our Governing Body help us finalise decisions and play a key role in holding us to account publicly. In addition to this we have a number of patient groups giving local patients and the wider public a chance to scrutinise any decisions we make.
Involving patients and the public
Before we make any changes to services we have a responsibility to involve and consult with our patients and the wider public.
Our Patient and Partnership Advisory Group plays a key part in ensuring the patient voice is heard.
We follow these principles when involving members of the public.
Our work to involve and engage the public is, where appropriate, informed by Equality Impact Assessments and delivers on Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2) Goal 2. For more information on EDS2, click here
You can see our latest consultations as well as other opportunities for you to get involved in the work we do by visiting our get involved pages.
As a membership led organisation we work closely with our 84 member practices who help us by providing the day to day clinical knowledge and have their say on any proposed commissioning plans.
Our key partners
We work closely with our partners when developing and implementing new plans to ensure the services we commission are the best for our local population. Our key partners include:
We hold strategic briefing sessions with the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) on a regular basis. We know what a significant role the VCS play in supporting the local population to stay well and healthy; that’s why it’s important that we continually engage the sector and are influenced by them.
National and local policies
There are also a number of national policies we have to follow as well as ensuring that we meet our duties as set out in the Health and Care Act 2012 and the legally binding NHS Constitution. Policies we have to follow include the NHS Mandate, NHS England’s assurance process for CCGs and, at a local level, the joint health and wellbeing strategies developed by the Sandwell and Birmingham Health and Wellbeing Boards. The strategy has been developed following a process called the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) which has helped identify key priorities and areas of action for the city so that we can improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.
As a CCG we also have a range of policies in place to ensure that we follow the same process for commissioning services. For more expensive and rare treatments a patient may need to be subject to our Individual Funding Request (IFR) policy. For more information on IFR's please click here