Governance is central to the running of Walsall CCG. It supports us to meet our legislative responsibilities and provides assurance that we are conducting the duties required of a public body.

Our governance processes ensure that we are accountable, transparent and ethical in our decision-making, improving the confidence that Walsall people, our staff and other stakeholders have in us.

Our Governing Body ensures we act effectively, efficiently, economically and in accordance with our constitution.

Our Constitution

The Walsall CCG constitution sets the foundations for everything we do. It is a formal document that outlines our rules, arrangements and governing principles for commissioning healthcare services for the people of Walsall.

We also comply with the NHS Constitution which establishes the principles and values of the NHS in England.

The Constitution was last updated in March 2019 to reflect the fact that Walsall CCG has now taken on responsibility for commissioning GP services and to reflect the changing healthcare landscape.

The Walsall CCG Constitution can be found here.

Declaration of Interests

Walsall CCG is required to make arrangements to manage conflicts and potential conflicts of interest to ensure that decisions made by the CCG will be taken and seen to be taken without any possibility of the influence of external or private interests.

The CCG is committed to being open and transparent in its decision-making policies and publishes registers for the Governing Body, Primary Care Commissioning Committee members and all other Committee/Decision-Making members.

We are pleased to report that there have been no breaches of the Conflict of Interest policy (2019/20 to date).

All of the CCG’s governing body members, GP members, employees and any other individuals who act on the CCG’s behalf regularly update a Declaration of Interest form. Members will also raise any emerging issues or specific interests at the start of meetings, including Governing Body meetings.

Visit our dedicated Declaration of Interest page here for more information.

Managing Finances

Walsall CCG is committed to meeting Government transparency requirements in relation to how we spend the money we are given. The latest information on the financial position of the CCG can be found in the Governing Body papers each month and in our annual reports.

As part of this, we will periodically publish information on the payments we have made that are over £25,000.

Visit our dedicated page on ‘What we spend and how we spend it’ to find out more information.

Information Governance

Walsall CCG recognises the need for an appropriate balance between openness and confidentiality in the management and use of information. The CCG fully supports the principles of corporate governance and recognises its public accountability, but equally places importance on the confidentiality of, and the security arrangements to safeguard, both personal information about patients and staff and commercially sensitive information.

The CCG also recognises the need to share patient information with other health organisations and other agencies in a controlled manner consistent with the interests of the patient and, in some circumstances, the public interest. Any sharing must be done lawfully within the Organisation’s Information Sharing Protocols.

The CCG believes that accurate, timely and relevant information is essential to deliver the highest quality health care. As such it is the responsibility of all clinicians and managers to ensure and promote the quality of information and to actively use information in decision-making processes.

Visit our publications page to view our policies and procedures relating to Information Governance.

National Data Opt-out Statement
NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group complies with the National Data Opt-out.  For more information see https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/.

Fair Processing Notice

This Fair Processing/Privacy Notice tells you what to expect us to do with your personal information when you make contact with us.

From April 2013, the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC – now called NHS Digital) became the only organisation who are able to collect and analyse Personal Confidential Data (PCD) for non-direct-care purposes i.e. secondary use for commissioning purposes.

Although there have been changes that allow commissioning organisations to undertake greater local processing of PCD for non-care purposes Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (WCCG)) has chosen to limit the amount of processing of this type of data to the minimum necessary to allow it to undertake its legal and statutory functions.

This Fair Processing/Privacy Notice explains how PCD may be used and under what circumstances.

Due to the nature of how CCGs are supported Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit and Arden&GEM Commissioning Support Unit may provide services on our behalf. WCCG shares data with NHS Midlands & Lancashire CSU PI Limited.

The first part of the notice is the information we need to tell everybody.

Procurement

Walsall CCG is responsible for shaping and designing the healthcare services that local people need, then commissioning the most appropriate provider organisation to deliver this care and treatment to patients. The process of commissioning a provider to run a service is called procurement.

Visit our Contracts and Procurement Publication page to find out more information.