Primary Care Commissioning
In early 2015, NHS England invited clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to take on delegated responsibility for commissioning local primary care (general practice) services. NHS North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group member practices, at a meeting of the Council of Members, voted in favour of applying for fully delegated authority.
The CCG is pleased to announce that it has been successful in being approved to have full authority delegated to it by NHS England in respect of primary care commissioning from 1 April 2015. This provides the CCG with an opportunity to strengthen and influence the commissioning of primary medical care (general practice) for our patients.
In September 2017, new governance arrangements commenced to enable effective joint working between Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield (DDES) CCG and North Durham CCG. Although it has been decided not to apply for a formal merger, it had been agreed by the Council of Members of each CCG and both Governing Bodies that the two CCGs should work closer together. As part of those arrangements, the Primary Care Commissioning Committees of each CCG began to meeting ‘in common’.
Primary Care Commissioning Committee
To enable the CCG to openly and transparently manage the conflicts of interest that might arise as a result of these new duties, a new committee has been established. The Primary Care Commissioning Committee is separate from the Governing Body and will take on the responsibility for managing primary care contracts. The Committee will be chaired by Feisal Jassat, Governing Body Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement.
Members of the public are invited to attend the meetings to observe the Committee at work. Members of the public will be given the opportunity to ask pre-notified questions of that Committee.
A schedule of meetings and meeting papers can be found here