We are led by clinicians, mainly GPs. This is important because GPs are the first point of contact with the NHS for most people and it is the clinicians who know most about their patients’ health and wellbeing needs.

Approximately 80% of NHS contacts are with GPs. When decisions are being made about how the budget should be spent or which services should be developed or changed, it will be GPs and other clinicians leading the way. A key priority for local GPs is to have a greater focus on the quality of services. It is also expected that CCGs are more accountable to the public.

The CCG has been provided with a budget that reflects the health needs of the population of the Swindon and Shrivenham area. As with all public services, we need to make our money work well for us. We will make sure we make the best use of the money available and that local people have access to good quality services that they need.

Further information about what we do can be found on the About Us page

Our current annual report, which contains a lot of information relating to our organisation and our mission statement, values and objectives amongst other things, can be downloaded from our Plans and Publications page

How We Work

NHS Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group has a structure which enables you to have your voice heard by those making decisions about healthcare in the area. Every GP practice is represented by one of our three locality groups and a lead GP from the locality group sits on the Governing Body.

In this section you can find out about more about our Constitution, see what has been or is due to be discussed at our Governing Body meetings and find out more about how decisions about healthcare are made.

We have developed a constitution which describes how we bring our 26 member GP practices together to commission care for the residents of Swindon and Shrivenham.

We are a membership organisation which will make clinically driven decisions that will give patients and their carers a voice and put them at the heart of the CCG's work.

How we fit into the NHS Structure

We were established as part of the major 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:

  • 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. Local offices of NHS England will oversee CCGs and also manage primary care commissioning, including holding GP practice NHS contracts.

Further information about the CCG, its roles and responsibilities, functions and general duties can be found in the NHS Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group’s Constitution

As well as creating CCGs, the 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.

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. The NHS Choices website has detailed information about every hospital in the UK. This will help you to make a more informed decision about your healthcare.

Information about primary care services in your area (dentists, GPs, pharmacies and opticians) as well as local hospitals and clinics can be found at NHS Choices

Commissioning Support

Alongside development of the CCGs, Commissioning Support Units (CSU) were also developed. Central Southern CSU contracts with local CCGs to provide a range of functions, including HR support, contracting, finance and IT services. Visit Central Southern's website

GP Member Practices

GP practices that are members of the CCG can be found in our annual report and our constitution, both of which can be found on our Plans and Publications page

Swindon CCG Governing Body

Visit our Governing Body page

CCG Area

For details about the area covered by Swindon CCG visit our About Us page

Contact Details

Visit our Contact Us page

Standards and Codes of Conduct

Members of NHS Boards, Clinical Commissioning Group governing bodies and NHS managers are expected to meet core standards of conduct. The following documents have been developed to guide managers in the work they do and the decisions and choices they have to make and to reassure the public that these important decisions are being made against a background of professional standards and accountability.

Standards for members of NHS boards and Clinical Commissioning Group governing bodies in England can be found on the Professional Standards website

The Code of Conduct of NHS Managers can be found on the Department of Health website

Partnership Organisations

NHS Swindon CCG commissions care from a range of providers. Read more about our services

Organisations who monitor our work:

Organisations who help us make decisions

Useful website addresses for key national documents:

  • Equity and Excellence – Liberating the NHS – The NHS White Paper, Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS, set out the Government's long-term vision for the future of the NHS.
  • The NHS Constitution for England – The NHS Constitution has been created to protect the NHS and make sure it will always do the things it was set up to do in 1948 - to provide high-quality healthcare that’s free and for everyone. The NHS Constitution will also make sure that no government can change the way the NHS works without getting the approval of staff, patients and the public. The Constitution is a promise that the NHS will always be there for you.
  • National Service Frameworks – National service frameworks (NSFs) and strategies set clear quality requirements for care. These are based on the best available evidence of what treatments and services work most effectively for patients.

One of the main strengths of each strategy is that it is inclusive, having been developed in partnership with health professionals, patients, carers, health service managers, voluntary agencies and other experts.

NHS Outcomes Framework 2014 to 2015

Sets out the outcomes and corresponding indicators used to hold NHS England to account for improvements in health outcomes. Read or download the document