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.
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. The Terms of Reference can be found here.
A schedule of meetings and meeting papers can be found here