CCG Committee Structure

Committee Overview

NHS St Helens CCG’s Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that the CCG discharges its statutory duties for the commissioning of health and wellbeing services. The Governing Body is in place to seek assurance on all aspects of clinical commissioning and to give assurance to all member practices and other stakeholders that the CCG is operating in a responsible and effective manner. The CCG’s GP Member's Council represents all of the member practices of the group and acts as a clinical leadership advisory group to the CCG’s Governing Body.

The Governing Body is currently supported by 6 committees, some of which are underpinned by operational working groups.  All Committees have a responsibility to operate within their individual Terms of Reference as defined within the CCG Constitution – copies of each Committees’ Terms of Reference can be found in Part 1b of the CCG Governance Handbook. The Governing Body may appoint other such committees as it considers may be appropriate and delegate to them the exercise of any functions of the CCG which in its discretion it considers to be appropriate.

The six Committees of NHS St Helens CCG currently include:

  1. Primary Care Commissioning Committee
  2. Audit Committee
  3. Remuneration Committee
  4. GP Member’s Council
  5. Assurance Committee (covering Quality, Performance & Finance)
  6. Executive Leadership Team Committee/ ELT Governance Committee

In addition, the Governing Body, along with the other Mid Mersey CCG Governing Bodies, is supported by the Mid Mersey Joint Committee (made up of representatives from the Mid Mersey CCG’s – Halton, Knowsley, St Helens & Warrington).

Plus the convening of an Urgent Issues Committee as needed.


NHS St Helens CCG Committee Structure - updated September 2020

Working Groups

Committees have the power to convene working groups in order to focus on specific areas – these working groups will abide by the same governance principles as the Committees and sub committees e.g. around Declarations of Interests. Although formal administration support of working groups may not be required, working groups are required to produce regular reports to their respective committees in order to inform discussion and build into work plans.