CCGs: what does good corporate governance look like?

Is it a well-run clinical commissioning group that achieves its objectives as a minimum? Understanding CCG corporate governance requires understanding what a CCG can (and must) do; how it works (the procedures and processes bit); how the Governing Body fits into that and lastly, understanding the special rules that apply to Governing Body members. And we would also add to the ‘required reading’ list an understanding of conflicts of interest from recognising one to a CCG’s legal requirements and the potentially disastrous consequences of a failure to manage a conflict.

As many CCGs plan the second phase of mergers due to take place in April 2021, understanding CCG corporate governance framework and the direction of travel is ever important. Only last week did we see the Health Service Journal report that NHS England had rejected plans to merge four CCGs in North Merseyside, requiring the merger to include the five other CCGs in the wider health system: creating a single CCG for Cheshire and Merseyside.

Do get in touch with Charlotte Lewis, Fiona Payne or Tim Winn if your CCG’s governing body would like training on corporate governance including our dos and don’ts of best practice guidance.

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