How We Work

We have a structure which enables you to have your voice heard by those planning and making decisions about healthcare in the county.

Lay, patient /  public members and voluntary sector colleagues are members of the following OCCG committees and this forms part of our assurance process:

  • OCCG Board – Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement of the Governing Body of Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Oxfordshire Primary Care Commissioning Committee (OPCCC) – patient/public member and the Executive Director of Healthwatch Oxfordshire
  • Quality Committee – Chair is a lay member, another Governing Body lay member, and a patient/public member
  • Area Prescribing Committee (APCO) – patient/public member
  • A&E Delivery Board – Age UK, Oxfordshire Association of Local Councils, Healthwatch Oxfordshire
  • Vulnerable Adults Mortality Sub Group – patient/public member
  • Thames Valley Priorities Committee – patient/public member
  • Equality Reference Group – patient/public members
  • Decision Review Committee (DRC) - meets when there is a case to be heard following an Individual Funding request which has been turned down by the Individual Funding Review Panel – see “Will the NHS Pay for my Treatment” www.oxfordshireccg.nhs. uk/your-health/will-the-nhs-pay-for-my-treatment/how-to-askfor-a-review.htm It meets rarely – no more than once or twice a year. There was one case in the last 12 months. The DRC has four members, one of whom is a patient/public member.
  • 19 Primary Care Networks.  More information on Primary Care Networks in Oxfordshire can be found here.  Information on Primary Care Networks from NHS England is available here
  • Locality Community Services Group (SE/SW) - two patient/public representatives.
  • Locality Forum Chairs Group meeting – members include representatives from each PPG Locality Forum, Healthwatch Oxfordshire, patient/ public members of the OPCCC and Quality Committee and the lay member for Public and Patient Involvement

Every GP practice in Oxfordshire is in one of the Primary Care Networks and a lead GP, Network Clinical Director, for each of the three areas (North, Oxford City and South) sits on the OCCG Board.

The organisational objectives of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are:

  • Operational Delivery
  • Transforming Health and Care
  • Devolution and Integration
  • Empowering Patients
  • System Leadership


The animation below from The Kings Fund provides a whistle-stop tour of how the NHS works in 2017, where CCGs fit into the picture and how it is changing.