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How We Work

What are we responsible for?

CCGs are responsible for planning, buying and monitoring the quality of the majority of local NHS services covering:

  • The care and treatment you may need in hospital and in the community
  • Prescribing
  • Mental health services
  • Support and services for people living with learning disabilities.


Importantly this CCG is not responsible for the commissioning of primary care, which includes your GP practice, dentists and opticians – these areas are commissioned by the local offices of NHS England.

Our region is covered by the Surrey and Sussex Area Team. You can find out more by more by visiting the NHS England website here.

CCGs have a statutory role to support the quality of primary care and are responsible for the strategic planning of services, with primary care a key element of the local five-year Sustainability and Transformation Plans.

We work closely with our neighbouring clinical commissioning groups in Surrey and West Sussex and will continue to work with all of our local partners.

Building a first class health and care system for the people of Sussex and Surrey

All NHS health organisations and local authority organisations who commission and provide health and care in Sussex and East Surrey have put aside their usual boundaries and come together to work to create an ambitious local plan to achieve a vision of a sustainable health and care system built around the needs of our local populations.

Sussex and East Surrey is one of 44 geographical Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) “footprints” in England who have been asked to produce a long-term plan outlining how local health and care services will evolve, improve and continue over the next five years.

Read more, about our STP and the Place-Based Plan for Central Sussex and East Surrey (CSESA).

How we make decisions

We are accountable to every patient and member of our local community in East Surrey. You can hold us to account and make sure that we are delivering the best possible health services for you and your family. 

Each of our GP member practices is responsible for the decisions we make as a CCG. They have collectively delegated their authority for these decisions to a number of groups which meet regularly to carry out the work of the CCG.

The Governing Body

Our Governing Body oversees the decisions that the CCG makes about local health services, ensuring our activities meet the best standards of quality for the local population. Our Governing Body meets in public at least four times a year. We strongly encourage public attendance at these meetings and openly invite you to attend. 

You can read more about the Governing Body's work and its members as well as any upcoming meetings on our Governing Body page.


Practices Commissioning Committee

The group brings together GPs and Practice Managers from the East Surrey locality. It seeks to ensure all of our membership practices are actively involved, on a collaborative basis, and contributes to the overall direction of our work by engaging with expert GPs and senior clinicians, lay members and patients.

Patient Reference Group (PRG)

The CCG also has a Patient Reference Group through which patient representatives from practices and other groups across East Surrey meet together to discuss local health services and the CCG’s work. The PRG members monitor and provide feedback on engagement activities to assure the CCG Governing Body that the engagement of public and patients is an integral part of all activity. This group is key to ensuring the health services in our local area are responsive to what you tell us you need.

360 degree stakeholder survey

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) need to have strong relationships with a range of health and care partners in order to be successful commissioners within the local system. The CCG 360 stakeholder survey is a key part of ensuring these strong relationships are in place.

As part of the CCG annual assurance process, NHS England commissioned IPSOS Mori to co-ordinate the survey. This survey allowed stakeholders to provide feedback on our working relationships. Stakeholders surveyed included GP member practices, the Health and Wellbeing Board, Healthwatch , West Sussex County Council and other NHS organisations. 

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the survey. To view the results, please download the 360 survey report for 2016-2017 or you can read our resulting action plan here.