The CCG will demonstrate its accountability to its members, local people, stakeholders and the NHS Commissioning Board in a number of ways, including by:
- publishing its constitution;
- appointing independent Lay Members and non GP clinicians to its Governing Body;
- holding meetings of its Governing Body in public (except where the CCG considers that it would not be in the public interest in relation to all or part of a meeting);
- publishing annually a commissioning plan;
- complying with local authority health overview and scrutiny requirements;
- engaging with the LMC as the local statutory representatives of the profession;
- meeting annually in public to publish and present its annual report (which must be published);
- producing annual accounts in respect of each financial year which must be externally audited;
- having a published and clear complaints process;
- complying with the Freedom of Information Act 2000;
- providing information to the NHS Commissioning Board as required.
The Governing Body of the CCG will throughout each year have an ongoing role in reviewing the CCG's governance arrangements to ensure that it continues to reflect the principles of good governance.