Committee terms of reference

Committee structure

NHS NEW Devon CCG's committee structure is comprised of:
  • Assurance committees, which have oversight of various aspects of the organisation
  • Operational committees, which make decisions
  • Two strategic planning delivery units.

Below is the operating model for the CCG, which includes the committee structure.
NEW Devon CCG - Operating model


Northern, Eastern and Western  Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) and South Devon & Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group (SDT CCG) have been working together to align committee structures to work more closely, and to reduce duplication for both CCG’s and to support consistent decision making.  It is important to ensure that any arrangements are not open to legal challenge, and that each CCG retains its own identity in accordance with their own constitution, and therefore the committee terms of reference have been reviewed to establish whether the concept of “Committees in Common” or “joint committees” applies. Please find below a definition of ‘committees in common’ and other joint working arrangements by delegation or otherwise.
Definitions of Committee Working Group Functions

Committee terms of reference (ToR)

Executive committee

The core purpose of the executive committee is to support the CCG’s Governing Body in its decision making to deliver its statutory duties as a commissioner and in doing so ensure that high-quality safe care is available to meet the healthcare needs of NHS NEW Devon CCG’s population within the available resources.
In order to deliver the core purpose and support the Governing Body in setting and delivering the organisation's strategic direction and priorities, the executive committee will coordinate the commissioning activity of the CCG ensuring clinical engagement and appropriate oversight of:
  • Strategy and Strategic change programmes
  • Operational delivery of commissioning intentions
  • Assurance Framework and risk management
Executive committee terms of reference

Audit and assurance committee

The duties of the audit and assurance committee include the provision of an independent and objective view of the CCGs systems of internal control, information and compliance with laws; to approve the internal audit plan; and to appoint internal auditors in order to maintain the effectiveness of the internal audit function.
Audit and assurance committee terms of reference

Finance committee

Remuneration committee (REMCO)

Finance committee terms of reference
The duties of the finance committee include preparing and approving detailed financial policies that underpin the CCG’s prime financial policies; scrutinising financial business cases; approving the CCG’s contracts for corporate support; and providing assurance on financial performance and delivery of action plans.
The duties of the remuneration committee include approving the terms and conditions of employment for all employees of the CCG. This comprises of pensions, remuneration, fees and travelling expenses; and other allowances payable to employees.
Remuneration committee (REMCO) terms of reference

Quality committee

Locality boards

Quality committee terms of reference
The duties of the quality committee include approving arrangements for supporting NHS England in relation to securing continuous improvement; approving arrangements and policies to minimise clinical risk and maximise patient safety; and approving the CCG’s arrangements for handling complaints.
The Northern, Eastern and Western localities each have their own committee, which focus on their own area. The duties of these boards include determining the appropriate mechanism to jointly commission services with partners; making commissioning decisions, which meet the needs of the local population; and making arrangements to secure public involvement in the development and consideration of proposals for changes to these commissioning arrangements
Eastern locality board terms of reference Northern locality board terms of reference Western locality board terms of reference

Planning and delivery units (PDU)

NHS NEW Devon CCG is a large and complex organisation, it has established two local planning and delivery units (PDUs) designed to maintain a local focus which has been mandated by its respective locality board.

The main areas of work will be providing clinical and patient engagement in commissioning; designing locally responsive services and to drive innovation.

The PDU’s are formally mandated by their respective locality board to undertake agreed functions as set out in this agreement in order to fulfil the delegation from the CCG’s Governing Body.
Northern and Eastern PDU accountability agreement Northern and Eastern PDU mandate Western PDU accountability agreement

Primary care committee

Western PDU mandate
The Primary Care Committee is formally constituted by the Governing Body to make commissioning decisions, which are safe, timely, personalised, recovery focused and sustainable, which meet the needs for and on behalf of the local population within available resource.
Primary care committee terms of reference

Public and patient engagement committee (PPEC)

The public and patient engagement committee (PPEC) is responsible for assuring that the CCG meets its statutory duties to involve, engage and consult the public.
Public and patient engagement committee (PPEC) terms of reference

GP practices in NEW Devon

A full list of all GP practices in northern, eastern and western (NEW) Devon can be accessed below.
GP practices in NEW Devon

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