How we are regulated
CCGs are not subject to regulation by external bodies such as the CQC, but are licensed by NHS England. Surrey Downs CCG is routinely reviewed by NHS England, who are able require CCGs to comply with a number of conditions and directions.
Surrey Downs CCG is currently subject to directions, focusing on four key areas of work. These have been issued to support the CCG with our financial recovery plan to achieve a financial balance in 2016/17. These directions are available on the NHS England website here. Directions are regularly reviewed to enable a CCG to exit them as soon as possible, with an effective improvement plan in place.
The CCG can be subject to non-sector regulation by bodies such as the Health and Safety Executive, The Information Commissioner’s Office, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Surrey Downs CCG is not subject to any investigations or regulatory notices at this time.
Your information may be used to help assess the needs of the general population and make informed decisions about the provision of future services. We also have a performance monitoring role of these services, which includes responding to any concerns from our patients on these services through our Patient Experience Service.
To read more about how we use information, how to access your patient record, and freedom of information click here.
Clinical quality and patient safety
Clinical quality has been enshrined in law through the Health and Social Care Act 2012 as “care which is clinically effective, personal and safe". The CCG is required to deliver the best possible services to, and outcomes for, patients within financial allocations, and has a statutory duty to secure continuous improvements in the care that it commissions and to seek assurance around the quality and safety of those services.
To read how we plan to meet these duties click here.
Standards of business conduct
At Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group, we value our reputation for top quality care and financial probity and conduct our business in an ethical manner.
The Bribery Act 2010 was introduced to make it easier to tackle the issue of bribery which is a damaging practice. Bribery can be defined as ‘Giving someone a financial or other advantage to encourage them to perform their function or activity improperly or reward them for having done so’.
In order to limit our exposure to bribery we have in place Gifts and Hospitality, Conflict of Interests, Raising Concerns (Whistleblowing) Policy, a Counter Fraud Policy, and a Local Counter Fraud Specialist who will investigate any allegation of fraud, bribery and corruption. We encourage staff to report any suspicion of bribery and we will rigorously investigate any allegations. In addition we hold a register of interest for directors and staff and ask staff not to accept gifts or hospitality that may compromise them or the CCG.
The Governing Body carries out its business in an open and transparent way. We are committed to the prevention of bribery as well as to combating fraud and expect those organisations we work with to do the same.
Doing business in this way enables us to reassure our patients, members and stakeholders that public funds are properly safeguarded.
As part of our governance framework, we update and publish our register of interests as part of our Governing Body papers. We also have a Hospitality and Gifts Register that contains comprehensive details of any hospitality or gifts that have been received.