East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group was established under the Health and Social Care Act 2012. It is a statutory body which has the function of commissioning services for the purpose of health services in England. The group is a clinically led membership organisation made up of general practices. The members of the Group are responsible for determining the governing arrangements for their organisation, which they are required to set out in a constitution. It sets out the powers that the member practices have decided to reserve to themselves as members of the CCG, and which powers they have decided to delegate to the governing body of the CCG and its committees.
Our Constitution describes the governing principles, rules and procedures that the Group has established to ensure accountability and probity in the day to day running of the CCG and to ensure that East Lancashire remains true to its aims. Nolan Principles Appendix C of the document outlines the seven Nolan Principles of Public Life of which the CCG follows. These are:
- Selflessness - Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other benefits for themselves, their family or their friends.
- Integrity - Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.
- Objectivity - In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.
- Accountability - Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
- Openness - Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands it.
- Honesty - Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
- Leadership - Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.
Scheme of Delegation Appendix F of the document outlines its scheme of reservation and delegation. Download the pdf CCG Constitution (1.35 MB) document.