Plans, Strategies, Forms and Policies

Annual Report and Annual General Meeting

The City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group has published its fifth Annual Report and Accounts. 

This annual audit letter summarises the key issues arising from the 2018-2018 audit of City and Hackney CCG.

Engagement Strategy 2016-17

City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group Engagement Strategy for 2016-17 is available here. This document is pending an internal review and will feed into a more comprehensive Integrated Commissioning Engagement Strategy which will be developed during 2017.

New Statutory Safeguarding Children Partnership Arrangements

In 2015, the government commissioned Sir Alan Wood to review the role and functions of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs).  The Wood Report was published in March 2016, with the government formally responding in May 2016.  The Wood Report recommendations were subsequently embedded in statute in April 2017 with the granting of Royal Assent to the Children and Social Work Act 2017.

As a consequence, four important areas of change have followed:

Firstly, LSCBs, set up by local authorities, are being replaced.  Three safeguarding partners (local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and chief officers of police in a local area) must now make new safeguarding arrangements to work together with relevant agencies (as they consider appropriate) to safeguard and protect the welfare of children in the area.

Secondly, the current system of Serious Case Reviews is also being replaced.  Safeguarding partners must now make arrangements to identify and review serious child safeguarding cases which, in their view, raise issues of importance in relation to their area. They must commission and oversee the review of those cases, where they consider it appropriate for a review to be undertaken.

Thirdly, a National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel has been created and operational since June 2018.  The panel is responsible for identifying and overseeing the review of serious child safeguarding cases which, in its view, raise issues that are complex or of national importance.

Fourthly, local authorities and clinical commissioning groups have been specified as ‘child death review partners’ and must set up new child death review arrangements.  These new arrangements  facilitate a wider geographic footprint and respond to the statutory guidance defining how deaths will be reviewed and how the bereaved will be supported.

Safeguarding partners in the City of London and Hackney published the new local arrangements today (26 June 2019).  Work is underway to ensure their full implementation by 29 September 2019 and further TUSK briefings will follow.


Child Death Reviews

The Children and Social Work Act (2017), Working Together: transitional guidance (2018) and the subsequent Child Death Review Statutory and Operational Guidance (updated January 2019) (the national guidance) set out how local authorities and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are required to come together as Child Death Review (CDR) partners.

Under the new legislation, CDR partners must make arrangements for the review of every death of a child normally resident in the local authority area. The purpose of child death reviews is to identify and act on learning at local and national level that could prevent future deaths.

The national guidance aims to standardise outputs from child death reviews as much as possible by setting out key features of a robust child death review process. This includes formal collaboration between CDR partners to ensure that child death reviews will be undertaken at greater scale.

The CDR systems are required to encompass operational footprints with a minimum case review level of 60 cases per annum. The guidance sets out standardised approaches to key elements in the CDR process, such as:

  • immediate decision making and notifications
  • investigating and information gathering
  • the child death review meeting (CDRM)
  • the child death overview panel (CDOP)
  • family engagement and bereavement support

The nationally set timelines for transition to the new arrangements are that all CDR Partners are required to publish details of their new arrangements by 29 June 2019.  Pending the implementation of the new CDR arrangements by 29 September 2019, the existing procedures governing child deaths remains in place.

Download: WELC CDR System Plan

City and Hackney Clinical Case for Change

Health & Wellbeing Boards Strategic Priorities

City and Hackney CAMHS Transformation Plan

CAMHS Transformation Plan 2021

City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) constitution

The constitution sets out the arrangements made by NHS City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to meet our responsibilities for commissioning care for our patients and the principles we will operate by with our partners. It describes the governing principles, rules and procedures that we will establish to ensure probity and accountability in the day-to-day running of the CCG to ensure that decisions are made in an open and transparent way with the interests of our patients and clinicians central to our goals and ambitions.

City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) constitution 

City and Hackney CCG 5 Year Plan

Five Year Plan (updated November 2014)

NHS Long Term Plan 

The NHS Long Term Plan is to ensure the NHS is fit for the future. It aims to give everyone the best start in life, will deliver world-class care for major health problems such as cancer and mental health, and will help people age well.  

The plan has been developed with frontline health and care staff, patients, their families, and other experts, who will continue to shape how it is put in place across the country. 

Following our series of ‘Let’s Talk’ engagement events, over the next few months City and Hackney CCG will be working with patients, the public and partners - including local councils, the voluntary and community sector and social care – to develop local plans to turn the Long Term Plan national ambitions into local improvements for patients, building on the progress we've already made over the last few years.

To read a copy of the NHS Long Term Plan and to find out more, visit the website.

Conflicts of Interest

Transparency is an important value for our CCG, embedded in our constitution and underpinning how we work.

This document sets out how we manage Conflicts of Interest - you can view our conflicts and register of interests here.

You can also view our latest Gifts and Hospitality Register.

If you have any concerns in relation to declarations of interest or any matters raised within the Conflicts of Interest policy and you would like to discuss these, please feel free to raise these directly with the CCG. We can be contacted on email or alternatively we can be reached on 020 3816 3222.

Developing Sustainability

City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group is committed to sustainability in commissioning.  For more information please read through our  'Developing Sustainability Management Plan'.

Fraud and Bribery Policy

Individual Funding Request (IFR)

In some circumstances, your doctor may think you have exceptional clinical circumstances and may benefit from a treatment which is not routinely provided.

Requests for such treatments must be made through an Individual Funding Request (IFR).

Individual Funding Request application form 

Modern Slavery, Forced Labour and Human Trafficking

Read our Statement on Modern Slavery, Forced Labour and Human Trafficking.

Procedures of limited clinical value (POLCV)

NHS City and Hackney CCG have a duty to spend the money it receives from the Government in a fair and efficient way, taking into account the health needs of the whole local community. As there is only a set amount of money available to spend we sometimes have to make difficult decisions about which treatments are not routinely provided.

Some of these treatments are described in our Procedures of Limited Clinical Value policy (POLCV) 2014-15, which lists commonly requested treatments which are not routinely funded by the CCG.

Procurement Strategy

Procurement is the process of acquiring goods, works and services, covering both acquisitions from third parties and from in-house providers. This process spans the whole cycle from identification of needs, though to the end of a services contract or the end of the useful life of an asset.

Our policy and its appendices, sets out the procurement strategy for NHS City & Hackney CCG.

The CCG has developed this Procurement Strategy to include clear processes and guidance to support and inform the CCG's planning process, decision making and options for procuring works, goods and services in accordance with its statutory responsibilities, NHS requirements and the law.

Safeguarding Strategy and Policies

NHS City and Hackney CCG Safeguarding Strategy: Children and Adults 2018-2021

Children's Safeguarding Policy

Adults Safeguarding Policy


City and Hackney CCG Fertility Policy

City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group Fertility Policy is available here