How we make decisions

Following the appointment of a single Accountable Officer for the Black Country and West Birmingham (BCWB) CCGs (NHS Dudley, NHS Sandwell & West Birmingham, NHS Walsall & NHS Wolverhampton) in October 2019, the process of transition to a single management structure commenced across the four Black Country and West Birmingham CCGs. Key roles have now been appointed and these are shown on our Governing Body member’s page here

Board Papers, Agendas and Minutes

Governing Bodies in Common (GBIC)
The four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in the Black Country have agreed that their Governing Bodies will meet together ‘in Common’. This means the four Governing Bodies will meet at the same time with a shared agenda to allow them to make decisions as a group of CCGs together.  

For further information relating to our current governance structure please click here

Details about CCG Governing Bodies in Common meetings and papers for the current financial year can be found here

The Governing Bodies in Common will meet on a bi-monthly basis and these meetings will be held in public. Due to the current pandemic, meetings will be held virtually and a live stream of these meetings will be available, just before the meeting is due to start.

Black Country and West Birmingham Joint Health Commissioning Board (JHCB)
The JHCB a Joint Committee which has been given formal delegated powers, on behalf of the four CCGs, to have overarching responsibility for all matters relating to the commissioning of healthcare services across the Black Country and West Birmingham footprint. Some of these matters include:

  • Developing common Black Country and West Birmingham wide strategic commissioning plans and monitoring the implementation of them within each CCG area.
  • Providing assurance to the CCGs’ Governing Bodies on delivery against system-based objectives.
  • Receiving assurances via its established sub-committees regarding place-based delivery where this is specific to local places.
  • Ensuring the four CCGs are working collaboratively in exercising their functions for the improvement of the services they commission.

To view the Terms of Reference for the JHCB, click here

The Joint Health Commissioning Board will meet on a bi-monthly basis and these meetings will be held in public. Due to the current pandemic, meetings will be held virtually and a live stream of these meetings will be available, just before the meeting is due to start.

The JHCB is supported in delivering its functions by the establishment of a number of function based sub-committees:-

  • Finance and Sustainability – to provide an oversight of financial arrangements and performance across the four CCGs as they commission across the system.
  • Individual Commissioning Assurance – To provide an oversight of the CCGs’ arrangements for commissioning services for individuals with specific and/or complex needs (including continuing healthcare, Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Patients with Learning Disabilities and complex mental health needs)
  • Quality and Performance – to provide oversight of clinical quality, patient safety and performance in commissioned services across the system
  • System Commissioning – To support the JHCB in developing commissioning arrangements including policies across the Black Country and West Birmingham system
  • Place Based Commissioning Committees – Committees to provide oversight of commissioning arrangements (including the delivery of Integrated Care Provision) in each of the five places in the four CCGs (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall, West Birmingham and Wolverhampton)

Click here for upcoming meeting dates and papers.

Primary Care Commissioning Committees in Common (PCCIC)
The CCG’s make decisions relating to Primary Care Commissioning under powers delegated to them by NHS England. This authority is given to each CCG separately for its area and cannot be delivered jointly so, like the Governing Bodies, Primary Care Commissioning Committees will meet in Common to evaluate service proposals and makes decisions regarding the commissioning of primary care services, ensuring all decisions are underpinned by robust clinical advice and within agreed governance arrangements.

The Primary Care Commissioning Committees in Common will meet on a bi-monthly basis and these meetings will be held in public. Due to the current pandemic, meetings will be held virtually and a live stream of these meetings will be available, just before the meeting is due to start.

To view the Terms of Reference for the PCCIC click here 

Click here for upcoming meeting dates and papers.