How we fit into the NHS Structure

NHS Gloucestershire CCG was established as part of the major changes to the NHS set out in the 2010 White Paper Equity and Excellence – Liberating the NHS which became law under the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

From April 2013 Primary Care Trusts were abolished and Clinical Commissioning Groups became responsible for commissioning or buying health and care services including:

  • Elective care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Urgent and emergency care
  • Most community health services
  • Mental health and learning disability services
  • Primary care services

NHS Gloucestershire CCG is overseen by NHS England, which is a national body formed under the 2012 Act.

Further information about the CCG, it’s roles and responsibilities, functions and general duties can be found in the NHS Gloucestershire CCG Constitution.

As well as creating CCGs and NHS England, the Act establishes several other new bodies including:

Commissioning Support

Alongside development of the CCGs, Commissioning Support Units (CSU) has also been developed. The CCG has contracts with the CSU to provide a range of functions, including HR support, informatics and IT services.  Further information can be found here.

Organisational Structure

For corporate governance information including details of board or governing body members and other key personnel, see here.

Organisations we work in partnership with

NHS Gloucestershire CCG commissions a range of hospital and community health services from providers across the area.  Further information can be found here and here.

Meetings with pharmaceutical companies and other medical suppliers

Any meetings with pharmaceutical companies which take place will be declared via the ‘gifts and hospitality’ disclosure log. This can be found here.

Clinical Commissioning Governing Body Meetings

For meeting dates, agendas, minutes and related papers see here.

Location and contact details for all public-facing departments here.

CCG Area

For details about the area covered by NHS Gloucestershire CCG see here.

Standards and Codes of Conduct

Members of NHS Boards, Clinical Commissioning Group governing bodies and NHS Managers are expected to meet core standards of conduct. The following documents have been developed to guide managers in the work they do and the decisions and choices they have to make and to reassure the public that these important decisions are being made against a background of professional standards and accountability.

Information about the new standards for members of NHS boards and Clinical Commissioning Group governing bodies in England can be found here and the Standards can be found here

The Code of Conduct of NHS Managers can be found here

Organisations who monitor our work
Organisations who help us make decisions

Useful website addresses for key national documents:

The NHS White Paper: “Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS”, sets out the Government’s long-term vision for the future of the NHS.

The NHS Constitution has been created to protect the NHS and make sure it will always do the things it was set up to do in 1948 – to provide high-quality healthcare that is free and for everyone.

The NHS Constitution will also make sure that no government can change the way the NHS works without getting the approval of staff, patients and the public. The Constitution is a promise that the NHS will always be there for you.

National service frameworks (NSFs) and strategies set clear quality requirements for care. These are based on the best available evidence of what treatments and services work most effectively for patients.

One of the main strengths of each strategy is that it is inclusive, having been developed in partnership with health professionals, patients, carers, health service managers, voluntary agencies and other experts.

There are frameworks and strategies in place for:

  • Urgent and emergency care (including 111, A&E and ambulance services) for anyone present in the geographic area
  • Out-of-hours primary medical services (for everyone present in your area), except where this responsibility has been retained by practices under the GP contract
  • Elective (Planned) hospital care
  • Community health services (such as rehabilitation services, speech and language therapy, continence services, wheelchair services, and home oxygen services, but not public health services such as health visiting and family nursing)
  • Other community-based services, including (where appropriate) services provided by GP practices which go beyond the scope of the GP contract
  • Infertility services
  • Maternity and newborn services (excluding neonatal intensive care)
  • Children’s healthcare services (mental and physical health)
  • Services for people with learning disabilities
  • Mental health services (including psychological therapies)
  • NHS continuing healthcare

Department of Health – The Operating Framework 2012/13

Department of Health – The NHS Outcomes Framework 2014/15

The operating framework for the NHS in England for 2012/13 sets out the priorities for the NHS for the year ahead to enable them to beginning their planning.