How we work

Our role

We aim to provide high quality healthcare that is appropriate to the population and sustainable for the future, with minimal bureaucracy.

We are a membership organisation made up of 18 GP practice members from across the Swale area.

The responsibilities of our members are laid out in our Constitution. This defines the rights and responsibilities of our member practices and the system of governance, which ensures we make the right decisions in the right way.

Our Governing Body is made up of local GPs and other healthcare professionals as well as lay members and our Executive Team.

The Governing Body delegates responsibility to its sub-committees in accordance with the CCG Constitution and Standing Orders. These are:

  • The Audit Committee
  • The Remuneration and Nominations Committee
  • The Quality, Finance and Performance Committee
  • The Clinical Cabinet
  • The Operational Leadership Team

The Audit Committee has primary responsibility for independently reviewing financial systems and controls and for ensuring effective integrated governance and risk management systems are in place across the organisation. This includes obtaining assurance around the quality and safety of healthcare services commissioned. The committee membership is made up of the four independent members.

The CCG works with service providers and the public to commission the right services, in the right area at the right price.

The CCG vision is in essence the mission statement of the organisation. From this, the organisation develops medium and long term plans (strategic objectives) which enable successful delivery of the vision. Corporate objectives are developed from the strategic objectives for individual teams from which staff objectives are then determined.

The Governing Body monitors the way our plans are developed and implemented.

You can find out more about the way we work, our management and staffing structure, in our annual report.

Harnessing local passion
We encourage local residents and partner organisations to have a direct input into the decisions we make. By doing this, we aim to deliver a healthcare system that works better for patients, with a focus on providing the right care at the right time, in the right place and with right outcome.

We are actively engaging residents, patients, health professionals and other organisations interested in joining a Patient Participation Group, a local Health Network, or attending our events. Relationships are also developed with key figures across the area including elected councillors, MPs, chief executives of provider organisations, Health and Wellbeing Boards, Healthwatch and editors of local media.

You can find out more on our Get involved pages.