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Declaration of Compliance

NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group is fully committed to working with its stakeholders to develop and commission high quality health services that meet the needs of its local population.

Clinical Commissioning Groups have been asked to self-certify compliance with the statements set-out below as part of their application for authorisation. In undertaking this declaration, Clinical Commissioning Groups are expected to be aware of the legal, regulatory and policy positions that exists at the point of application. Once authorised, compliance will be monitored through on-going assurance. Should non-compliance be subsequently identified, this will be managed through on-going assurance of the Clinical Commissioning Group by the NHS Commissioning Board.

The NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group Declaration of Compliance represents our commitment to meeting the statutory duties and responsibilities associated with an organisation of this type and which is laid out within the Health and Social Care Act 2012. It also provides details on our approach to commissioning services in a number of patient focused areas.

Declarations of compliance

Promotion of research and treatment costs of patient participation in research

We declare that our Clinical Commissioning Group understands and will comply with our statutory responsibilities regarding promoting research; and that we are committed to following the policy of ensuring that the NHS meets the treatment costs for patients who are taking part in research funded by Government and research charity partner organisations.

Commitment to have regard to, and promote the NHS Constitution

We declare that our Clinical Commissioning Group will have regard to and promote the NHS Constitution.

Procurement

We declare that at the point of authorisation our Clinical Commissioning Group will be compliant with current procurement requirements, and will have systems in place to discharge these requirements.

Choice and shared decision-making

We declare at the point of authorisation our Clinical Commissioning Group is aware of its statutory duties to, in the exercise of its functions, act with a view to enabling patients to make choices with respect to aspects of their care and to promote the involvement of individual patients, and their carers and representatives, in decisions about their care and treatment.

Inheritance from primary care trusts (PCTs)

We declare that our Clinical Commissioning Group has quantified, identified and understood its likely inheritance from PCT(s) and has taken all steps to ensure that robust transition arrangements are in place.

Public sector equality duty

We declare that at the point of authorisation our Clinical Commissioning Group will be compliant with the public sector equality duty and can demonstrate the use of the Equality Delivery System (or equivalent) to help attain compliance and ensure good equality performance.

Education and training

We declare that at the point of authorisation our Clinical Commissioning Group will demonstrate commitment to the education and training of the NHS workforce. We agree to work in partnership with the local education & training boards to ensure that the system for the planning, commissioning and delivery of education and training is able to respond to service commissioning priorities.

Sustainability

We declare that at the point of authorisation our Clinical Commissioning Group will demonstrate commitment to promoting environmental and social sustainability through our actions as a corporate body as well as a commissioner.

Innovation

We declare that from 1 April 2013 our Clinical Commissioning Group will have robust arrangements in place to champion innovation and adoption of innovation.

Commissioning support

We are aware of our duties as a statutory body to conduct a formal procurement for any commissioning support we wish to use, within a reasonable timescale; and that we will need to begin preparing for that procurement from April 2013.

Statutory responsibilities

In line with the Health and Social Care Act 2012, Clinical Commissioning Groups will be required to comply with other related acts of Parliament and secondary legislation. These requirements are set out in the functions document.

 We declare that at the point of authorisation NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group will be compliant with all its statutory responsibilities.