Primary Care Commissioning

CCG to have more say in local GP services

Bracknell and Ascot CCG have been approved to enter into primary care delegated commissioning arrangements with NHS England. Delegated commissioning is only for Primary Care services. This does not include optometry, dental and pharmacy services.

This means that CCGs will be making local decisions about how primary care services are commissioned for their local populations.

Whilst there are similarities in healthcare needs across the country, each area has different challenges and needs within it. CCGs have a good knowledge of their local populations needs through their involvement with Health and Wellbeing Boards, local practices and patient and public engagement insights.

Taking on more of this responsibility from NHS England will mean that the needs of the local population will be taken into account and any engagement of people within the local area is linked commissioning ensuring patients, communities and clinicians have more involvement in determining their local health care services for the future.

To read how delegated commissioning fits with our Primary Care Strategy and Sustainability and Transformation Plan, please click here.

To read about how other CCGs have benefited from delegated commissioning, please visit the NHS England website.

Primary Care Co-Commissioning Committee Meetings in Common

In order to deliver delegated commissioning across the east of Berkshire, three local CCGs will come together for the Primary Care Commissioning Committee Meetings in Common. This Board will be responsible for the commissioning of GP services and for the delivery of the local primary care strategy.

This committee will meet four times a year, and the meetings will take place in public so everyone is welcome to attend, observe the proceedings, and email questions in advance to:


The next meeting in public will be on the 22nd March at Windsor Racecourse from 12 – 1:30pm.

View the Register of Declarations of Conflicts of Interest.

View the Terms of Reference.

Click to view the NHS Acronyms Glossary.

To review papers from the Joint Co-Commissioning Committee – primary care meetings, please see table below. Please note this meeting has now been superseded by Primary Care Commissioning Committee Meetings in Common.

Date Agenda Papers
22 March 2018 Agenda 22.03.2018 Papers 22.03.2018
22 November 2017 Agenda 22.11.2017 Papers 22.11.2017
19 July 2017 Agenda 19.07.2017  Papers 19.07.2017

Minutes 19.07.2017

11th April 2017 Agenda 11.04.2017 Papers 11.04.2017
10th January 2017 Agenda 10.01.2017 Papers 10.01.2017
11th October 2016 Agenda 11.10.2016 Papers 11.10.2016
12th July 2016 Agenda 12.07.2016 Papers 12.07.2016
12th April 2016 Agenda 12.04.16 Papers 12.04.16
12th January 2016 Agenda 12.01.16 Papers 12.01.16
5th November 2015 Agenda 5.11.15 Papers 5.11.15
15th July 2015 Agenda 15.07.15 Papers 15.07.15

Conflict of interest

The CCG already manage conflicts of interest as part of its day-to-day work and assuming responsibility for commissioning primary care services will make this even more important. Guidance on delegated commissioning clearly states that GPs cannot participate directly in the procurement of their own services. Conflicts of interest, perceived or actual, can be mitigated by robust governance processes and learnings from other fully-delegated CCGs. Click to view the Register of Declarations of Conflicts of Interest.