How we involve the public in governance
The CCG is accountable to its Governing Body, its member practices, local patients and the Vale of York community. We are overseen by NHS England, a public body that is part of the Department of Health. Our Constitution sets out the rights and responsibilities of patients, the public and staff along with the plans we have committed to achieve.
Within this section you can find out:
- How we involve our public in commissioning
- Our engagement principles
- How the CCG will ensure transparency of decision making and reports on patient and public experience and engagement activities
How we involve our public in commissioning
The Vale of York CCG is committed to ensuring that patients’ needs are at the heart of everything we do. In order to ensure that we reflect our population we aim to have effective patient, carer and public involvement embedded in our work and in our planning processes. Find out our approach to engagement and how we involve our public in commissioning
Public engagement and patient experience is formally reported through the Quality and Patient Experience Committee (QPEC). Minutes and key actions feed into the Governing Body through a standing item on the agenda presented by the Chief Nurse.
The QPEC meeting is held every two months (February, April, June, August, October, and December) and focuses on quality of services within the Vale of York, and patient engagement and experoence.
At the start of each meeting we hear a patient story to ensure that the service user voice is at the heart of every meeting. A Healthwatch representative sits on the group which is chaired by a Lay Chair..
For each of the committee meetings the Head of engagement provides an update about patient and public involvement. The most recent reports can be found below:
The CCG has a set of engagement principles based on its core values. As part of this it strives to:
- Hold open, clear informed and collaborative conversations
- Ensure engagement is core to planning, prioritising and commissioning activities
- Develop innovative and interactive approaches to holding engagement conversations
- Seek and listen to views of partners, patients, carers and local citizens
- Be honest and transparent in offering opportunities and discussing constraints and challenges to the delivery of services.
These are closely linked to the out seven principles of public life (The Nolan Principles) of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
The CCG has a patient and public expenses policy which sets out its corporate arrangements for involvement. This is in the process of being updated in early 2019.
More information about how we involve patients and public in our work can be found in our strategy and engagment annual report.