.

Publication Scheme 

Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives everyone a general right of access to all types of information held by public authorities such as NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

There are no restrictions on who can request information from a public body; any persons of any age, nationality or location can make a request. The Act places an obligation on public authorities such as NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group to disclose information. The Act also sets out a series of exemptions and procedural limitation on the public's right of access and on our obligations to you.

One of our obligations is to produce and maintain a Publication Scheme.

Further guidance on the Freedom of Information Act 2000 can be found on the Information Commissioner's Office website.

Established in April 2013, the CCG is still a newly formed public sector organisation. Please note historical information prior to our inception can be found on the National Archive Website, or requested from the Department of Health Legacy Team via the contact details below:

NHS England
PO Box 16738
Redditch
B97 9PT
Email: England.ContactUs@nhs.net

What is a Publication Scheme?

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) requires public authorities to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme, the purpose of which is to proactively make information available to the public as part of its normal business activities.

Please view the SDCCG Freedom of Information Act Policy which set out what NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group will do to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Our Publication Scheme follows the Information Commissioner's model publication scheme for public authorities, and will provide information on the following:

  • Who we are and what we do

  • What we spend and how we spend it

  • Priorities and what we are doing

  • How we make decisions

  • Policies and Procedures

  • Lists and registers

  • Services we commission

Who we are and what we do

How we fit into the NHS Structure

NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (SDCCG) has been established as part of the reform changes to the NHS set out in the 2010 White Paper Equity and Excellence - Liberating the NHS, which became law under the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

From April 2013, Primary Care Trusts were abolished under the 2012 Act and Clinical Commissioning Groups became responsible for commissioning or buying health and care services, including, but not limited to:

  • Elective hospital care

  • Rehabilitation care

  • Urgent and emergency care

  • Most community health services

  • Mental health and learning disability services

 We are overseen by NHS England, which is a national body formed under the 2012 Act.

Further information about us, our roles and responsibilities, functions and general duties can be found in the NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group Constitution.

As well as creating CCGs and NHS England, the 2012 Act established several other new bodies including:

  • Healthwatch England - Responsible for providing advice on the views of local organisations and service users

  • The Health and Social Care Information Centre - Responsible for publishing and assessing the quality of information produced by health and social care bodies

  • Public Health England - Responsible for public health

Commissioning Support

Alongside development of the CCGs, Commissioning Support Units (CSU) have also been developed. The CSU contracts with local CCGs, including NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, to provide a range of functions including, but not limited to HR support, procurement, finance and IT services.

We are serviced by Arden & Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit (Arden & GEM CSU).

About Us

See our About Us to find out more about SDCCG, and our Senior Management Team to see who we are.

The CCG has representation from all GP practices in southern Derbyshire and has a Governing Body made up of GPs, other health professionals, lay people and NHS managers.

SDCCG currently services a population of approximately 547,000 across the southern half of Derbyshire. We relate to two local authorities, with 100% of people in Derby City and 32% of Derbyshire County residents (Amber Valley, South Dales and South Derbyshire) registered as patients with our member practices.

81% of our residents who are admitted to hospital go to Royal Derby Hospital. We are the lead commissioner for the contract with them.

What we spend and how we spend it

NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group strives to ensure all published information is widely accessible to all. Our Annual Report and other publications are available on our Publications page.

As part of the Government's commitment to greater transparency, we are required to public online financial reports:

  • Financial statements, budgets and variance reports are made available in Governing Body reports throughout the year

  • Financial audit reports can be found in our Annual Report

  • Board members' allowances and expenses are published in our Annual Report

  • Senior staff pay, grading structures and pay multiples are published in the Remuneration Report in our Annual Report

  • CCG funding, including endowment funds is reported through the financial plan and budget papers which are available in Governing Body papers.

Expenditure over £25,000 by month

Publishing all financial transactions over £25,000 made by NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group forms part of the Government's commitment to transparency in expenditure. This information is available in our monthly expenditure reports.

Contracts awarded

Arden & GEM CSU procure a number of services on our behalf. Information relating to these contracts in available in the public domain via the below websites:

Staff pay

Agenda for Change (AfC) is the current NHS grading and pay system for all NHS staff, excluding Doctors and some Senior Managers.

You can view the AfC pay rates and branding structures on the NHS Employers website.

Travel and subsistence allowances

Details of reimbursement of travel costs and subsistence allowances for NHS employees can be found in the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook.

Our priorities and what we are doing

Our vision

To continuously improve the health and wellbeing of the people in southern Derbyshire, using all resources as fairly as possible.

We have developed 11 corporate objectives to help us achieve our vision. Our objectives are always guided by our values and can viewed in our Annual Report. There you will also be able to read what we have done to deliver these objectives during 2014/15.

Our values

  • Providing local clinical leadership to the NHS, and working with everybody who can contribute to our aims

  • Being open and accountable to our patients and communities; ensuring they are at the heart of everything we do

  • Understanding our population and addressing inequalities so that services are in place to meet needs

  • Planning services that best meet those needs now and in the future

  • Aiming to secure the best quality, the best value health and social care services we can afford

  • Using our resources fairly and effectively

Our priorities

Our priorities can be viewed in our Operational Plan.

How we make decisions

The NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group's Scheme of Reservation and Delegation can be found in our Constitution. If the information you require is not available here, please see how you can make a Freedom of Information request.

Governing Body Meetings

For meeting dates, agendas and board papers, please see our Governing Body area of our website.

Engagement Activity

We want patients and the public to influence the deliver of local NHS services and feedback their experiences well into the future.

For information on how we engage with patients and public, please visit our Have Your Say page.

Policies and procedures

NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group publishes its policies and procedures on our Primary Care website.

If you cannot find the information you are looking for, or require a hard copy of any of our policies please contact the Communications and Engagement Team via the details below:

Communications & Engagement Team
NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group
First Floor North
Cardinal Square
19 Nottingham Road
Derby
DE1 3QT
Email: SDERCCG.Enquiries@nhs.net 

Lists and registers

Information on our obligation to declare conflicts of interest can be found in our Constitution.

The declaration of Governing Body members' interests can be viewed in our Register of Interests.

The Gifts and Hospitality List declares any gifts or hospitality received by our staff. This is reported on a quarterly basis to our Governance Committee. View our Gifts and Hospitality Policy for more information.

If the information you require is not available here, please see how you can make a Freedom of Information request.

Services we commission

Services

Since April 2008, patients referred by GPs for planned treatment can choose to be seen in any hospital or clinic that can provide NHS standard care at NHS prices. NHS Choices has detailed information about every health and care service in the UK.

NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group has full delegated commissioning arrangements for GP services, along with all CCGs in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Patient Liaison Services

Our Patient Liaison Services (PALS) offers help, support and information about local health services. The service is confidential, and information is used anonymously to identify trends in services, highlight good practice and also to identify where improvements to services are needed.

News Releases

All our news is published on our News & Events section of our website.

Charges for information

Most of our information can be accessed from this website free of charge; however please be aware that charges may be made for information published under this scheme.

NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group aims to make the maximum amount of information readily available at minimum inconvenience and cost to the public, however charges may accrue for routinely published material. In all cases where a charge is applied, it will be justified, transparent and kept to a minimum.

Charges may be incurred for reasons outlined below:

  • Photocopying

  • Postage and packaging

  • Costs directly incurred as a result of viewing information

Charges may be made for making datasets, or parts of datasets that are relevant copyright works available for re-use. These charges will be in accordance with either regulations made under Section 11b of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or other enactments.

If a charge is to be made, confirmation of the payment due will be given before the information is provided. Payment may be requested prior to provision of the information.

Copyright

The information we provide to you is copyrighted to NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group and is provided for your personal use for other specific used permitted in the Copyright Act. If however you wish to use the information we have provided for any commercial purposes, including the sale of the information to a third party, then under the Regulations on the Re-use of Public Sector Information 2005, you must ask permission to do so in respect of each specific piece of information.

If we do grant permission, this may involve a licensing agreement which may attract a fee. Should you wish to apply for permission for commercial re-use under the Regulations, you should write to the Freedom of Information Coordinator via the details below:

Freedom of Information Coordinator
Communications & Engagement Team
NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group
First Floor North
Cardinal Square
10 Nottingham Road
Derby
DE1 3QT
Email: SDERCCG.FOI@nhs.net

Further guidance and feedback

Further information about this Publication Scheme, our fees associated with information requests and the Freedom of Information Act 2000 can be found here:

If you have any feedback, or wish to contact us regarding this Publication Scheme, please contact the Communications & Engagement Team at SDERCCG.Enquiries@nhs.net.