Primary Care Commissioning Committee

Find out more about our Primary Care Commissioning Committee and their responsibilities

On 1 April 2015, NHS England and Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) - now Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG - established a joint committee with the primary purpose of jointly commissioning primary medical services for the people of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Responsibilities include:

  • GMS, PMS and APMS contracts (including the design of PMS and APMS contracts, monitoring of contracts, involvement in contractual action such as issuing branch/remedial notices, and removing a contract)
  • Newly designed enhanced services (“Local Enhanced Services” and “Directed Enhanced Services”)
  • Design of local incentive schemes as an alternative to the Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF)
  • Management of financial resources
  • Decision making on when to bring in new providers, managing procurements and whether to establish new GP practices in an area
  • Approving practice mergers
  • Making decisions on ‘discretionary’ payment (e.g., returner/retainer schemes and premises reimbursements)
  • Estates development
  • Alignment of pharmacy services with CCG objectives
  • Design of enhanced optometry services

Meetings

The committee meets quarterly, and you are welcome to attend these meetings and ask questions. We publish the agenda, minutes and papers for each Primary Care Commissioning Committee meeting online in advance of the meeting.

Members

The committee has voting and non-voting members and includes representatives from NHS England and the CCG as well as other external members.

Voting members 

  • Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG Lay Chair (Chair)
  • Healthwatch - Senior representative (Vice Chair)
  • Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG Chief Clinical Officer
  • Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG Director of Nursing and Quality
  • Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG Clinical lead for Primary Care
  • Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG Clinical Lead Practice Manager
  • Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG Practice Nurse lead
  • Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG Lead for Primary Care (inc. Medicines Management)
  • Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG Primary Care Development Manager
  • NHS England South Region, South West Director of Commissioning
  • NHS England South Region, South West Head of Primary Care or NHS England South Region, South West Assistant Director of Clinical Strategy
  • North Somerset Director of Public Health

Non-voting members

  • Health Watch representative
  • North Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board (People & Communities Board) representative
  • Avon Local Medical Committee representative
  • One Care Consortium representative
  • North Somerset Community Partnership representative
  • Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG Governing Body Practice Manager
  • North Somerset Provider Forum Practice Manager Chair