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.  Plus the convening of an Urgent Issues Committee as needed.

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


Cheshire and Mersyside Clincal Commissioning Groups' Joint Committee

In addition, the nine Cheshire and Merseyside (C&M) Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have established a Joint Committee.  The nine CCGs are: NHS Cheshire CCG, NHS Halton CCG, NHS Knowsley CCG, NHS Liverpool CCG, NHS Southport and Formby CCG, NHS South Sefton CCG, NHS St Helens CCG, NHS Warrington CCG and NHS Wirral CCG.

The overarching role of the Joint Committee is to enable the C&M CCGs to work effectively together and make binding decisions on agreed service areas, for the benefit of the both the resident population and population registered with a GP practice in Cheshire and Merseyside.

Decisions undertaken by the Joint Committee will support the strategic aims and objectives of the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership and will contribute to the sustainability and transformation of local health and social care systems at ‘Place’.

Each CCG has representatives on the Committee, acting for and on behalf of all nine CCGs. Representatives from Healthwatch, the Cheshire and Merseyside Directors of Public Health collaborative (Champs) and the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership have also been invited to attend meetings of the Committee.

The Terms of Reference and the work plan of the Joint Committee can be found here.

The membership of the Joint Committee can be found here.

A Register of Interests is also available for the Committee members and is available here.

Joint Committee meetings are meeting held in public, so 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.  Time will be allocated at each meeting for public questions. Until such time as national guidance is released to enable face to face meetings to occur it is anticipated that meetings of the Committee will be held virtually by default.  Agenda and papers for formal meetings of the Committee are published on each of the 9 CCGs websites.

The first public meeting of the Joint Committee was held on Tuesday 31st August 2021 at 1.45 pm, papers for this meeting and subsequent meetings can be found below. 

The meeting will be held by GoTo Webinar and the link to register to watch the meeting (as a member of the audience only) can be found here

If you would like to submit a question to be raised at the Joint Committee meeting, please email  Questions may be submitted in advance of the Committee meeting, and ideally up to two days in advance. They should be pertinent to the agenda of the meeting in question.

Further guidance about submitting a question to the Committee can be found here.

Meeting papers

31/08/2021 Meeting

28/09/2021 Meeting + Response to Public Questions + Recording

26/10/21 Meeting + Recording

30/11/21 Meeting + Recording

21/12/21 - Meeting Cancelled

25/01/22 Meeting

23/02/22 Meeting

29/03/22 Meeting

26/04/22 Meeting + Meeting Papers

28/06/22 Meeting


NHS St Helens CCG Committee Structure

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.