Proposed change to our constitution

Opportunity to comment on the changes to this constitution has now closed.

Background

We want to add a new section to our CCG Constitution to allow us to create joint committees with other Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and with NHS England.

The wording that we want to add to the Constitution is outlined in the document below.

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Additional wording to be added to the Bristol CCG Constitution

We want to add this wording to our Constitution to allow us to create joint committees with other Clinical Commissioning Groups and with NHS England.

This wording has been recommended by NHS England and was developed by their legal advisors. The wording will enable us to work together with other CCGs, and take on their commissioning roles or delegate our commissioning roles to another CCG.

To assist this, the wording will also allow us to share funding with other CCGs if necessary and to establish a pooled budget.

Why we are proposing this change

We want to make this change now to help us create a single clinical commissioning voice across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG). An essential part of this will be arrangements that allow us to make joint decisions. 

Without joint committees across the BNSSG CCGs, a single approach will be difficult. There will be significant delays in decision making with possible risks to the delivery of our plans.

Working together will provide a strong clinical commissioning presence within the BNSSG Sustainability and Transformation Plan, reduce the duplication of work we currently see across our system and help us to achieve joined up pathways.

Working together will also significantly help to create financial sustainability for the CCGs and for the system as a whole. There will be no combining of CCG resources to create budgets without the approval of the CCG Governing Body.

When will a decision be made?

NHS England guidance requires that CCG’s discuss and agree changes to their Constitutions with member practices and engage with stakeholders, patients and members of the public.

We are asking our members to discuss and share their views with Governing Body members during December 2016 and January 2017. At the end of January 2017 the Governing Body will decide whether the CCG will formally ask NHS England to approve the changes to the Constitution.

If you would like to comment on this proposed change, please complete the feedback form below, before 19 January 2017.