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Awareness and skills to ensure the financial affairs of the CCG are well managed

These products will be of help to individual leaders, senior teams and governing bodies:

The Model Constitution Framework for CCGs

This Framework co-produced with the NHS, provides a template covering the areas CCGs will wish to consider when drawing up a constitution. It brings together all the elements of the proposed legislation and suggests a format to follow.  It also includes three templates for governing body committees.

Towards establishment: Creating responsive and accountable CCGs

Governance guidance for emerging CCGs.

Governing body committees: templates for terms of reference

These templates for the audit, remuneration and quality committees have been co-produced with the NHS for emerging CCGs to use when developing their own governance structures.

NHS Audit Committee Handbook 2011

The NHS Audit Committee Handbook is designed to assist audit committees as they review and reassess their system of governance, risk management and internal control to ensure that it remains effective and fit for purpose.  It is a useful reference document and  background for CCGs leaders with an interest vernance matters.  It  describes good practice although it is not specific to CCGs and nor does it address the unique nature of this new type of NHS statutory body as a membership organisation.

Managing conflicts of interest

This guidance from the RCGP and the NHS Confederation offers practical solutions for members of clinical commissioning groups for avoiding conflicts of interest.

Finance governance toolkit for CCGs

The financial governance tool has been developed to provide support for interim Chairs and Accountable Officers of proposed CCGs on the arrangements they will need to put in place for good financial governance and on the evidence they will need to present as part of their CCG’s application for authorisation.

For each main element of financial governance, the tool suggests the characteristics of good financial governance that the NHS Commissioning Board would expect CCGs to be able to demonstrate, both at the point of their application for authorisation and prior to1 April 2013.

HFMA e-learning

HFMA have developed a suite of e-learning modules, many of which take just an hour or two to complete, aimed at helping non finance professionals and staff that are new to NHS finances to improve their knowledge and understanding of various aspects of NHS Finance.  The modules can be purchased via the website or by telephone or an organisation may subscribe for all of its staff to access the e-learning  resources.

Building icon - shows that the resource is something to attendNHS Alliance Commissioning Academy: Financial management (advanced)

Following participation in this module you will have a much clearer understanding of what GPCCs will need to do to ensure effective & robust financial monitoring of their budget and overall allocation in order to ensure compliance with their statutory responsibilities. You will also be aware of the requirements for formal auditing of GPCC financial arrangements and you will understand how schemes of delegation and standing financial instructions will be of relevance to GPCCs and will support local decision making. You will also learn more about how payment by results and costing in the NHS, including the introduction of new tariffs might support GPCCs in their desire to shift care closer to home. Finally, you will end up with an action plan to use back at base to test out how robust your financial management & accounting is locally.

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NHS Alliance Commissioning Academy: Financial management (basic)

Following participation in this module you will have a much clearer understanding of the basic essentials of NHS finance and financial management. You will understand how the money flows into and around the NHS, the impact of weighted capitation formula’s on GPCC allocations and ‘fair shares’ funding. You will understand the basics around GPCC budgets and spend and the ‘rules’ surrounding financial management and accounting to ensure probity. You will also get a better appreciation of payment by results and tariff pricing and the role of the economic regulator and the NHS commissioning board in setting tariff ‘rules’ and currencies, and tariff pricing. You will end up with an action plan to use back at base to test out how robust your financial management is locally.

Building icon - shows that the resource is something to attendNHS Alliance Commissioning Academy 16: Managing difficult commissioning decisions

GP Commissioning Consortia will be accountable for the commissioning decisions they make on behalf of their local population and will be held to account by the NHS Commissioning Board but will also be scrutinised by their Local Authority. Being able to demonstrate an ethical approach through your commissioning processes is important as will being able to respond appropriately to any concerns about potential conflicts of interest where GP Commissioners wish to develop services in primary care as well as outside of it. This module will help you to understand what you need to have in place to be able to manage those difficult commissioning decisions in an ethically sound way.

Building icon - shows that the resource is something to attendNHS Leadership Academy’s Essential Finance for CCG Leaders

The attached flyers are for 2 day workshops, run on non-consecutive days by Ashridge Business School primarily for those CCG leaders who have gone through an assessment centre and want to develop aspects of their leadership. However, availability has been widened to include those, for example, who are involved in leading clinical redesign work in a CCG for a least 2 sessions a week, although priority will be given to CCG leaders who have gone through the assessment process.

The workshop dates are currently for London with others being planned in other parts of the country. The venue details are available on booking.

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