Publication Scheme

Camden CCG is committed to providing information as required by the Freedom of Information (FOI) act 2000. As per the guidance provided by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), we have adopted the model publication scheme to provide information under the following seven classes:

  • Who we are and what we do
  • What we spend and how we spend it
  • What our priorities are and how we are doing
  • How we make decisions
  • Our policies and procedures
  • List and registers
  • The services we offer

Information published here will be regularly updated and added to this page. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, you can send us an FOI request.

Who we are and what we do

How we fit into the NHS structure

The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was created on 1st April 2013 and is responsible for planning and buying (commissioning) healthcare on behalf of the local population, taking over this role from the old Primary Care Trust (PCT). We commission, not provide primary and specialist care, therefore we did not replace the PCT completely in responsibilities.

Organisational structure

Details of governing body members and senior executives can be found here:

Governing Body Members and Senior Management Structure

The CCG is also supported by North & East London Commissioning Support Unit (NEL CSU). NEL CSU provides expert support and advice to help clinical commissioners deliver improved health services to local populations, including an extensive range of services from contracting and analytics to finance and communications. You can find out more about NEL CSU on their website:

NEL CSU 

Lists of and information relating to key organisations with which the CCG works in partnership

Information on organisations that are working with us on key health challenges can be found here:

Your Health

Meetings with pharmaceutical companies and other medical suppliers

The following meetings have taken place with pharmaceutical companies and medical suppliers:

03.11.14 Salts Healthcare
07.11.13 Bullens Health Care Group
11.11.13 Coloplast

Each of the above meetings were relating to stoma appliances and the services each company provides.

Senior executives and management board / governing body members

Governing Body Members and Senior Management Structure

Location and contact details for all public-facing departments

Please note we are a commissioning organisation only, not a direct provider of clinical services. 

What we spend and how we spend it

Financial statements, budgets and variance reports

Our first annual statement of accounts covering 2013 -14 can be found here:

Annual Report 2013 - 2014 

Our Governing Body papers have information on budgets and variance reports:

Governing Body

Financial audit reports

The following links provide information on audit reports: 

Capital programme

There are no current capital projects at the CCG.

Staff and Board members’ allowances, expenses and remuneration

Local terms and conditions for expenses reflect ‘Agenda for Change’ terms and conditions as set out here:

Staff pay and grading structures

Staff pay and grading structures follow ‘Agenda for Change’ in which staff are placed in one of nine pay bands. Details can be found on the NHS Employers website:

How Agenda for Change Works

Details of the pay award for 2014/15 are given here:

Agenda for Change pay bands and points

Funding (including endowment funds)

Please see the following link to NHS England’s website regarding CCG funding allocations:

CCG Funding Allocations

Procurement and tendering procedures

It’s important that the services which the CCG commissions are underpinned by robust, fair and transparent procurement exercises to ensure that the quality of those services are achieved and maintained in order to facilitate greater choice for our patient population and to secure best value for money with public resources.

Our Clinical Procurement Policy can be found on the CCG website here:

Clinical Procurement Policy 

Details of contracts currently being tendered

In line with our obligations under EU procurement legislation, NHS Camden CCG routinely publishes the details of the contracts we put out to tender using the following websites:

  1. Official Journal of the European Union; and
  2. Contracts Finder

List and value of contracts awarded

NHS Camden CCG routinely publishes a list of all contracts awarded by the CCG, along with the values of those contracts on the following websites:

Camden CCG Provider Contracts 

What our priorities are and how we are doing

Annual Report

The CCG’s annual report covering 2013-14 is available on the CCG’s website at:

Annual Report 2013 - 2014

Annual business and / or commissioning plan

Details of our plans are given in the links under Targets, Aims and Objectives below

Targets, Aims and Objectives

Please see the following links to the our website, showing our plans including the Commissioning Strategy Plan (CSP), information regarding the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention Programme, our vision and priorities and our prospectus:

Please see the following links to our website, outlining a summary of our CSP strategy

Performance against targets (KPI) / performance framework / performance management information

The Governing Body considers its performance against its performance indicators at each Governing Body meeting:

Board Meetings

Reports by regulatory organisations e.g. Care Quality Commission and NHS England   

In this section of our publication scheme we will publish the details of any reports issued by regulatory organisations.

NHS England has specific responsibility under the Health and Social Care Act (2012) for CCG authorisation and assurance. To this end, they make an annual assessment of CCGs each financial year and publish a summary report. In addition, NHS England also oversees those CCGs which have been authorised subject to conditions. Any relevant publications in this respect can be found on the NHS England website.

A high number of our provider organisations in their capacity as clinical service providers will be subject to the regulatory oversight of the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC is set up with responsibility for making sure that care provided by hospitals, ambulances, care homes and other clinical service providers meet government standards of quality and safety.

Any reports published by the CQC can be found on the Publications section of their website.

Audit reports delivered at board / governing body level

Copies of any audit reports delivered to our Governing Body will feature in the section of our website:

Governing Body Meetings

Consultations/Surveys

We want to involve our patients and wider population in the decisions that we need to make about commissioning the right services for the people living in Camden. You will find information about current surveys and engagement events that are going on at the following links:

Privacy impact assessments (in full or summary format)

A privacy impact assessment (PIA) is an important tool which the CCG uses to identify and reduce the privacy risks that might be associated with our projects and / or policies. When we begin work on any such project or policy, we make sure that this is supported by a robust PIA to identify any privacy risks at an early stage, and to manage these appropriately.

For reasons of practicality, we are not intending to publish the details of any PIAs that we have conducted. PIAs very often touch on sensitive material (e.g. IT infrastructure), some of which may be exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (2000).

Notwithstanding this, you are welcome to make a written request for details of any PIAs conducted by the CCG. Information on sending written requests can be found here:

FOI Requests 

How we make decisions

Board papers – agenda, supporting papers and minutes

For details of governing body meetings and papers please see the following links:

Patient and public engagement strategy

Our public communications and engagement strategy can be found here:

Consultations for the public (for example, concerning closures / variations of services)

Internal communications guidance and criteria used for decision making i.e. process systems and key personnel

Under this heading we are required to publish the details of any internal instructions, manuals and guidelines which we utilise for dealing with the business of the CCG. In so doing, we will limit these only to those which we consider will assist public understanding of the way decisions are made in the CCG. You can expect to find any such documents to appear on the Publications section of our website.  

Our policies and procedures

Policies and procedures relating to the conduct of business and the provision of services

Copies of any policies, procedures or other publications formally ratified by NHS Camden CCG can be found here:

Publications section

Health and Safety

For more information please contact the CCG

 Contact Camden CCG

Policies and procedures relating to human resources including recruitment and employment policies

Equality and Diversity policies and Equality Scheme

Standing financial procedures / instructions and Standing orders

Information coming soon

Complaints and other customer service policies and procedures

Compliments, Complaints and Comments

Data protection / records management / Caldicott Guardian

Estate management

Please contact NHS Property Services for further information:

NHS Property Services

Charging regimes and policies

There is no charge for any documents downloaded from this site but they are subject to copyright laws. Where hard copies are requested a charge will be made for delivery costs and for any photocopying, postage and packaging.

There will be a charge, in line with national recommendations, for copies of personal records under the Data Protection Act.

The Freedom of Information Act allows the CCG to charge for communication costs. The CCG is not obliged to comply with a request for information if the CCG estimates that the cost of determining if they hold the relevant information, locating and retrieving the information and, where necessary, extracting the information from a document would exceed the ‘appropriate limit’ as defined by the FOI Act.

The appropriate limit has been set as a figure of £450.00 for CCGs. This figure is calculated at a rate of £25 per hour and therefore any request that exceeds 18 hours of work could be refused. In such cases the CCG has the option to refuse the request, charge the full fee or waive the fee. If the requestor agrees to pay the fee, payment must be received in full before work begins to gather the information.

  

Lists and registers

In this section of our publication scheme, we will outline any information held by the CCG which is currently maintained in lists or registers.

Governing Body Register of Interests 

you can expect to find any copies of our Governing Body’s latest register of interests published here.

Disclosure log – in line with best practice guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office,NHS Camden CCG will shortly begin publishing our responses to Freedom of Information requests which we consider to be of a wider public interest in a disclosure log. You can expect to find our disclosure log on the Freedom of Information section of our website in due course.
Expenditure over £30,000 – in line with guidance from HM Treasury, we publish the details of any expenditure which exceeds the value of £30,000.

Risk registers

Our Governing Body is frequently presented with risk registers for our organisation, principally the Governing Body Assurance Framework (GBAF), in order that it can critically examine the effectiveness of the CCG’s internal controls. Copies of any such risk registers will feature on the Governing Body section of our website:

Governing Body Meetings 

Any information the CCG is currently legally required to hold in publicly available registers

Information coming soon

List of main contractors / suppliers

Information coming soon

Procurement Register / Contract Register

Awaiting info from Matias Formica

Asset registers

Information coming soon

Information Asset Register

Information coming soon

Any register of interests kept in the CCG

Register of Interests 

Register of Gifts and Hospitality provided to Board members and senior personnel

Board Register of Interests 

The services we offer

Clinical services provided and / or commissioned

The CCG is a commissioning organisation only (i.e. it does not directly provide clinical services).

For details of local services please see the following link to our website:

Your Health

Non-clinical services

The CCG is a commissioning organisation only (i.e. it does not directly provide clinical services).

For details of local services please see the following link:

Your Health

Services for which the authority is entitled to recover a fee together with those fees

Information coming soon

Patient information leaflets and other booklets and newsletters

Services 

Your Health

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

Your Health 

CPPEG

Advice and guidance

For details of Patient Advice and Liaison Services for individual Hospital Trusts please see their individual websites

Your Health

Corporate communications and media releases

Camden CCG News