The NHS Commissioning Board Authority has published Clinical commissioning group authorisation: Draft guide for assessors undertaking desk top review. It is an accompaniment to Clinical commissioning group authorisation: Draft guide for applicants and covers:
- the overarching principles, approach and methodology of the assessment process;
- the key stages of assessment, and the requisite outputs of each stage; and
- the published domain definitions, criteria and authorisation thresholds as set out in the applicants’ guide and how to assess CCG evidence submissions against them.
The recruitment of Wave 1 assessors for the desktop review elements of the clinical commissioning group (CCG) authorisation process by SHA clusters has begun. The assessors’ role will be to ensure that the evidence submitted by CCGs is assessed transparently, consistently and fairly and assessors will receive training and accreditation before they start work.
The Board Authority has also recently published a self certification information pack to help CCG applicants for authorisation self-certify their compliance on the application form. The pack is designed to help ensure that interim Accountable Officers and Chairs, as well as governing bodies more broadly, understand the intent of compliance with the statements in the application form.
In addition, a financial governance tool has been published to help CCGs collect the evidence required for their application for authorisation and to put in place the financial governance arrangements required from 1 April 2013.
The submission deadlines for applications for each wave have also been confirmed and these are:
- Wave 1 – 2 July
- Wave 2 – 3 September
- Wave 3 – 1 October
- Wave 4 – 1 November