Patient and Public Voice in Governance

The CCG involves people in its governance in a number of ways these include:

Clinical Commissioning Group Constitution

Our Constitution sets out clearly our duty to secure public involvement in the planning, development and consideration of proposals for changes and decisions affecting the operation of commissioning arrangements by:

"involve the public, in accordance with its duties under Section 14Z2 of the 2006 Act, and as set out in more details in the CCG's Communication and Engagement Strategy"

To support the discharge of this duty the CCG has also put in place the following:-

a)  Delegating the responsibility to discharge this duty to the Clinical Commissioning Group Governance Board to prepare and approve the Communications and Engagement Strategy

b)  The Clinical Commissioning Group Governance Board will have regard to the following statement of principles in the discharge of the duty outlined in paragraph (a) above:

i)   Working in partnership with patients and the local community to secure the best care for them;

ii)   Adapting engagement activities to meet the specific needs of the different patient groups and communities where possible and affordable;

iii)  As part of the Governance structure of the CCG the Governing Body has created a committee called Assuring Involvement Committee (AIC) which will ensure the CCG meets its statutory duty with regards to its public and patient involvement.  The AIC Terms of Reference can be found within the NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCG Governance Handbook on page 51;

iv)  Publishing information about health services on the group's website and through other media;

v)   Encouraging and acting on feedback.

Clinical Commissioning Governance Board

We ensure the composition of the Clinical Commissioning Group Governance Board as set out in our Constitution includes representation from our patients and the public, by including a number of Lay Members:

i)   One to lead on Patient and Public participation matters

ii)  One to lead on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

iii)  One to lead on  Primary Care

iv) One to lead on Governance

Assuring Involvement Committee

The Assuring Involvement Committee is composed of 10 volunteer members of the public plus the two Lay Members for Patient and Public Involvement.  The Committee has been established to ensure on behalf of the Board that the Clinical Commissioning Group is fulfilling two of its statutory duties:-

i)  that the Clinical Commissioning Group has made arrangements to secure public involvement in planning, development and consideration of proposals for changes and decisions affecting the operation of commissioning arrangements; and

ii) that the Clinical Commissioning Group meets the public sector equality duty.

In order to do this effectively, the Committee will act as a "critical friend" to commissioners when they are planning patient involvement, engagement or consultation.  Terms of Reference for the Committee can be found in the NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCG Governance Handbook page 51

The members of the committee are:

  • John Wardle (Chair) - Committee member
  • Ash Ahmed - CCG Lay Member Patient and Public Involvement – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Beverley Ashton - Committee member
  • Karl Bailey - Committee member
  • Sherrel Fikeis - Committee member
  • Valerie Graham - Committee member
  • Rosemary Hooper - Committee member
  • Jackie Jones - Committee member
  • Patrick Spreadbury - Committee member
  • Meredith Vivian - CCG Lay Member Patient and Public Involvement
  • Dawn Yapp-Altinsoy - Committee member

Patient Involvement in decision making in our committees and groups

The CCG has a number of committees and groups where patient involvement is key:-

  • Assuring Involvement Committee - Two Lay Members for Patient and Public Involvement (PPI), Volunteer Patient Chair
  • Quality and Performance Committee - Two Lay Members for PPI  one member is Chair
  • Primary Care Commissioning Committee - Lay Member Chair
  • Audit Committee - Lay Member Chair
  • Finance Committee - Two Lay Members one one member is Chair
  • Strategic Commissioning Committee - Two Lay Members one member is Chair
  • Remuneration Committee - Lay Member Chair
  • Individual Funding Committee - Lay Member Chair

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Page last updated 13 September 2021