Our Governing Body
PLEASE NOTE: In line with official guidance following the recent coronavirus outbreak and increased pressure on NHS staff and services, Governing Body meetings will not be taking place in the usual face-to-face, public format.
Whilst under normal circumstances the public are able to attend our Part 1 Governing Body meeting which is held in public, Government social distancing requirements constitute ‘special reasons’ to avoid face-to-face gatherings as permitted by legislation, therefore until further notice all Governing Body meetings will be held virtually by default.
Regarding public questions, we are happy to continue to take any questions received electronically at the end of Part 1 of the meeting, however we may need to defer any questions should the focus of the meeting need to be prioritised in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our Governing Body
Our Governing Body is made up of local GPs and other healthcare professionals, advisory members of the public (also called lay members) and members of the CCG’s senior management team.
The Governing Body meet regularly to ensure that the CCG is run in a responsible and appropriate way. These meetings are held in public because we are committed to being open and transparent about our decision-making.
In November 2019, the two Governing Bodies of Chorley and South Ribble CCG and Greater Preston CCG agreed to establish a ‘Committee in Common’. The Committee in Common will receive items which were previously taken to individual Governing Body meetings but which are equally relevant to both CCGs. The meeting will hereafter be referred to as ‘the Committee’.
You can view the terms of reference for the Committee in Common of the Governing Bodies here.
Although they meet in common, the two remain independent Governing Bodies.
Learn more about our Governing Body members by visiting their pages below:
Governing Body meetings
When booking your place, please also let us know in advance if you have any particular access needs or communications support, for example, wheelchair access or a hearing induction loop.
The duration of the meetings is subject to change and there will be no scheduled breaks. All members of the public who attend will be directed to the building facilities. Anyone wishing to leave the meeting to use the facilities is welcome to.
Governance of the meetings
Governing Body members will have been provided with copies of the agenda and papers at the same time they are published on the CCG’s website, and will therefore have had the opportunity to consider the papers prior to the meeting.
The Governing Body will consider the items on the agenda in turn and each paper includes an executive summary (cover sheet), which makes recommendations for the meeting to consider. For some items there may be a presentation, for others this may not be necessary.
The members may not actively discuss each item in detail; this does not mean that the item has not received careful consideration but means that the members have no further questions on the matter and do not wish to challenge the recommendation(s).
A formal vote will not be taken if there is a general consensus on a suggested course of action. As the meetings are not public meetings, but meetings held in public, members of the public can observe the business of the meeting but cannot take part in the debate, unless specifically invited to do so by the Chair.
Exceptionally, there may be items of a confidential nature on the agenda of a meeting. If this is the case, the Chair may determine to exclude members of the public from discussions on such agenda items.
Please be aware that these meetings are business meetings and are held in a public forum so that anyone can observe the issues, discussions and decisions - they are not consultative meetings, but we do welcome questions from the public at the end of the meeting related to the items that have been discussed on the agenda.
You are welcome to make notes during the meeting however photography, filming or audio recording is not permitted.
Questions may be submitted by local residents and patients registered with a member GP practice. The questions should relate to the responsibilities of the CCG.
Any questions and issues relating to the individual care you or a family member has received should be directed to the relevant provider or the CCG’s Customer Care Team. The Governing Body cannot comment on specific issues relating to individual patients.
Complex questions or those that need particular research, data retrieval or information analysis may be deferred and answered at a future Governing Body meeting, or responded to directly to the requestor in writing, either as an enquiry response or as a Freedom of Information request.
The decision of the Chair of the Governing Body on whether to accept a question, and how it should be answered, is final.
The maximum amount of time for any one individual to raise a question or speak on a topic is three minutes. This timeframe helps to ensure that all of those who wish to speak are given a fair opportunity to do so.
If the number of questions raised exceeds the time allocated, questions will be taken on a first come, first served basis, and any remaining questions subsequently addressed in writing.
There are some grounds on which the CCG may not accept a public question, which include, but are not limited to:
- If the financial cost and/or the amount of staff time taken to deal with the question is unreasonable.
- If the question has previously been answered by the CCG in the last six months and is already in the public domain.
- If the answer could prejudice a criminal investigation or commercial confidentiality.
- If the answer relates to personal data, which if released would be contrary to the Data Protection Act.
- If the question is vexatious in nature.
Upcoming Governing Body meetings
All meetings start at 2:00pm unless otherwise stated:
- 22 December 2021 (held virtually via Microsoft Teams)
The papers for the next Governing Body meeting, once available, will be published here:
*Please note, we hold previous meeting papers from the last twelve months in our document store.