The CCG has a number of committees that are responsible for making decisions about a range of different matters. Our most important meetings are held in public, and members of the public are invited to attend and observe if they wish.

Due to COVID-19 our meetings held in public are currently being carried out virtually. You can find out when all of our meetings are being held, and how to access our virtual meetings, on our events page.

Our current governance structure is set out below (click the meeting name for more information about each type of committee):

Black Country & West Birmingham CCG

Governing Body (including AGM)

Statutory/mandated committees

Audit & Governance Committee Remuneration Committee Primary Care Commissioning Committee

CCG committees

Strategic Commissioning Committee Finance & Sustainability Committee Quality & Performance Committee Individual Assurance Commissioning Committee

Local Commissioning Boards

Dudley Sandwell Walsall West Birmingham Wolverhampton

You can also read our Governance Handbook, which explains the membership of the organisation in further detail.

The Governing Body meets in formal public sessions six times a year. It is provided with accurate, timely and clear information so it can maintain full and effective control over strategic, financial, operational, compliance and governance issues.

It is the Governing Body’s job to ensure we act effectively, efficiently, economically and in accordance with our Constitution. Our Constitution sets out all the rules, arrangements and principles we follow when commissioning healthcare for the people of the Black Country & West Birmingham. You can read the Constitution here.

To learn more about the members of our Governing Body, visit our Meet the Team page

To find and attend a future meeting, visit our Events Page.

Details of CCG Governing Body meetings and papers for the current financial year can be found here

Please click here for the CCG’s latest register of declarations

Each meeting allocates time for the Governing Body to consider public questions that have been submitted before the meeting. As well as responding within the meeting (time permitting), a written response will be made and will be available on this website as part of the record of the meeting. 

Additional questions or points of clarification raised by members of the public on the day of the meeting, if they can’t be fully answered due to agenda constraints, will also receive a written response after to the meeting.

Click here to email your questions to the Governing Body.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held every year and provides the public with the opportunity to hear about the work that has taken place over the previous 12 months. At the meeting the Annual Report and Financial Accounts are also presented.

The 2021/22 AGM took place on Monday 27 June. Watch a recording of the AGM meeting from YouTube here.

Primary Care Commissioning Committee 

The Primary Care Commissioning Committee evaluates service proposals and makes decisions about the commissioning of primary care services, ensuring all decisions are underpinned by robust clinical advice and within agreed governance arrangements.

Chair: Olwen Dutton
Vice Chair: Ranjit Sondhi
Committee Role: Responsible for commissioning GP services across the CCG in line with the powers delegated to the CCG by NHS England. This includes decisions on matters to do with the core GP contract, practice mergers, branch closures, any new GP practices etc. as well as agreeing on Local Enhanced Services and Quality Incentive arrangements. The committee maintains an overview of Primary Care arrangements to ensure it delivers its responsibilities effectively.

As a public meeting, you can find scheduled meeting details in our events calendar, and read past meeting papers here

Please click here for the CCG’s latest register of declarations.

Audit & Governance Committee

This Committee is accountable to the Governing Body and provides an independent and objective view of the CCG’s compliance with its statutory responsibilities. The Committee is responsible for arranging appropriate internal and external audits.

Chair: Jim Oatridge
Committee Role: Responsible for maintaining oversight over the CCG’s systems of Internal Control and overall governance arrangements. This includes managing the work of internal audit and responsibility for reviewing arrangements for Information Governance, Health and Safety, Counter fraud and whistleblowing. The committee also plays a key role in signing off the CCG’s Annual Report and Accounts.

Remuneration Committee

This Committee is accountable to the Governing Body and makes recommendations about the remuneration, fees and other allowances (including pension schemes) for employees and other individuals who provide services to the CCG.

Chair: Ranjit Sondhi
Committee Role: Responsible for making recommendations on pay arrangements for Very Senior Managers and non-Lay Members of the Governing Body. The Committee also has oversight of Human Resources and Organisational Development, including responsibility for agreeing to HR Policies.

Strategic Commissioning Committee

The Committee is responsible for delivering a comprehensive, integrated health service across the Black Country and West Birmingham.

Chair: Ian Sykes
Vice Chair: Olwen Dutton
Committee Role: Supports the Governing Body in delivering the CCGs commissioning responsibilities at the System level. This includes oversight of the work to support acute collaboration, the programme to move to a lead provider arrangement for mental health and the development of commissioning policies (such as Procedures of Limited Clinical Value) across the system. It also has oversight of the development of approaches to population health management and reducing inequalities at a system level.

Finance & Sustainability Committee

This Committee is accountable to the Governing Body and ensures full consideration of financial and associated planning issues.

Chair: Jim Oatridge
Vice Chair: Dr Mohit Mandiratta
Committee Role: Provides assurance to the Governing Body that the CCG is meeting its financial obligations by reviewing financial performance and processes and supports the CCG in setting and managing overall budgets. The Committee also maintains an overview of the CCG’s work on infrastructure improvement including estates and digital.

Quality & Performance Committee

This Committee is accountable to the Governing Body, is authorised to review and recommend all issues relating to quality and safety and to provide assurance to the Governing Body that the commissioned services are of high quality. The Committee also monitors performance against service delivery indicators and targets.

Chair: Parmjit Marok
Vice Chair: Dr Ruth Edwards
Committee Role: Provides assurance to the Governing Body that the services the CCG commissions are operating safely and effectively.  Reviews detailed Performance, Quality and Safety data and agrees to any actions to address issues. Maintains an overview of the CCGs responsibilities for safeguarding across the system.

Individual Assurance Commissioning Committee

The Committee has delegated authority to approve the arrangements for managing exceptional funding requests. The Committee is also responsible for the overall oversight of the arrangements for managing individual placements/packages across mental health, learning disabilities, continuing healthcare and children’s continuing care.

Chair: Chris Handy
Committee Role: Provides assurance to the Governing Body that the CCG is meeting its statutory obligations in relation to services commissioned for individuals such as Continuing Health care, complex mental health services and Individual Funding. Responsible for agreeing policy in these areas, maintaining oversight of performance and managing issues by exception.

Our five Local Commissioning Boards meet bi-monthly and are responsible for exercising the following powers that the CCG has delegated to themt:

  • commissioning decisions in respect of budgets and services designated as the responsibility of the Board
  • arrangements for risk sharing and or risk pooling with other organisations (for example arrangements for pooled funds with other clinical commissioning groups or pooled budget arrangements under section 75 of the NHS Act 2006) for services commissioned at Place as defined in the CCG's Budgets and Operating Model
  • decisions delegated to joint committees established under section 75 of the 2006 Act
  • promoting integration of both health services with other health services and/or health-related and social care services where the CCG considers that this would improve the quality of services or reduce inequalities
  • business cases relating to new investments, new service developments or service increases within the overall operating plan or budgetary financial limit for services and budgets designated at a Place level
  • development of place commissioning strategy and intentions for recommendation to the Governing Body
  • oversight and management of Place actions to address health inequalities, including population health management
  • oversight and management of Integrated Care Provider/Partnership development and delivery
  • providing assurance to the Governing Body in relation to local implementation of “system” level policy
  • assurance in relation to any delegated budgets at place
  • approval of proposals/business cases exceeding Mananging Director's delegated powers
  • supporting the Finance and Sustainability Committee in ensuring the CCG meets its QIPP targets by developing and monitoring Place based QIPP programmes
  • oversight of performance of medicines management arrangements
  • oversight and management of primary care development in relation to discretionary elements not within the responsibility of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee
  • oversight and management of the Implementation of the Equality Delivery System (EDS 2)
  • oversight and management of the relationship with statutory and non-statutory partners
  • oversight of local communications and engagement with the patients, the public and other stakeholders.

Each of LCC consists of the following members:

Voting Members:

  • Elected GPs
  • Lay Member
  • Managing Director
  • Finance representative
  • Quality and Safety representative          
  • Commissioning representative
  • Primary Care Development representative

Additional members agreed locally (may include):

  • Additional co-opted GP members
  • Additional lay appointees
  • Independent patient/citizens forum representatives
  • Representatives of relevant local organisations.

For local membership information for each committee, please visit the relevant Place page.