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CCG constitutions: a helping hand

CCG constitutions: a helping hand

So far this week, we’ve talked about constitutions as important legal documents. Join us today as we’ll be discussing amending them to reflect co-commissioning arrangements

Posted: 19 April 2016

If you’ve missed yesterday’s episode of this week’s feature on CCG constitutions, click here.

Writer: Rima Evans

CCG constitutions are important legal documents. But to remain flexible and relevant to changes in CCG powers they need to be reviewed and updated regularly.

Template wording to amend the constitution to reflect co-commissioning arrangements and that can be adjusted to meet individual group needs is available from the NHS England website.

Herts Valleys CCG, which became joint commissioners in April 2015, decided to adopt the model wording. While says: “We have incorporated the facility to jointly commission with other CCGs and jointly commission with NHS England.
We didn’t name the CCGs to give us more flexibility for the future.”

North East Lincolnshire CCG, also operating at level two, points out that its constitution amendments work hand-in-hand with its conflict of interest policy.

A spokesman says: “The two complement each other and should be read together.”

Updated and strengthened guidance on this was issued by NHS England in December 2014, recognising that with greater commissioning responsibilities (particularly delegated) there may be a greater risk of conflicts of interest, both financial and non-financial: for example, where commissioning GPs award a contract to a provider or group in which they have a financial stake. Many CCGs have taken steps to reflect this change in their constitutions.

Join us tomorrow for the fourth episode of this week’s feature as we’ll be discussing the importance of keeping constitutions updated