Governing Body meetings
NHS Greater Preston's CCG Governing Body holds regular meetings. These meetings are held in public because we are committed to being open and transparent about our decision-making.
Chorley and South Ribble and Greater Preston CCGs have agreed to establish a ‘Committee in common of the Governing Bodies’. The Committee is established as a committee in common of Chorley and South Ribble and Greater Preston CCGs, which 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”.
The Terms of Reference for the Committee in Common of the Governing Bodies can be downloaded here.
PLEASE NOTE: In line with official guidance around the Covid-19 outbreak and increased pressure on NHS staff and services, the next Governing Body on Wednesday 25 March 2020 will not be taking place in the usual meeting in public format. Updates will be made available on the CCG website.
Governing Body meetings
Members of the public or other interested parties who would like to attend the meeting are asked to contact the Corporate Services Team to book a place on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01772 214 346 - this is so we can ensure that we have enough capacity in the room.
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.
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.
If you would like to ask a question before the meeting, please contact the CCG’s Corporate Services Team on email@example.com or call 01772 214 346 at least 3 working days before the meeting takes place.
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.
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, whereas 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.
Upcoming Governing Body meeting dates
All meetings start at 2:00pm unless otherwise stated*:
Wednesday 25 March 2020 at Boardrooms, Chorley House, Lancashire Business Park, Centurion Way, Lancashire, PR26 6TT
Wednesday 27 May 2020 at Boardrooms, Chorley House, Lancashire Business Park, Centurion Way, Lancashire, PR26 6TT
Wednesday 22 July 2020 at Boardrooms, Chorley House, Lancashire Business Park, Centurion Way, Lancashire, PR26 6TT
Wednesday 23 September 2020 (at 1:00pm*) at Lancashire Football Association, The County Ground, Thurston Rd, Leyland PR25 2LF
Wednesday 25 November 2020 at Boardrooms, Chorley House, Lancashire Business Park, Centurion Way, Lancashire, PR26 6TT