Publication Scheme

Aylesbury Vale CCG is committed to providing information as required by the Freedom of Information (FOI) act 2000. As per the guidance provided by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), we have adopted the model publication scheme to provide information under the following seven classes:

Information published here will be regularly updated and added to this page. If you cannot find the information you are looking for please take a look at our library of previously submitted FOI requests and responses. If you are still unable to find the information you are looking for, please send us an FOI request.

The classes of information will not generally include:

  • Information the disclosure of which is prevented by law, or exempt under the Freedom of Information Act, or is otherwise properly considered to be protected from disclosure.
  • Information in draft form.
  • Information that is no longer readily available as it is contained in files that have been placed in archive storage, or is difficult to access for similar reasons.

Who we are and what we do

What we spend and how we spend it.

Finance reports and annual reports.

Our annual reports & accounts can be found here

Our Governing Body papers have information on budgets and variance reports, which can be found here

Staff and Board members’ allowances, expenses and remuneration

Local terms and conditions for expenses reflect ‘Agenda for Change’ terms and conditions as set out here: NHS terms and conditions of service handbook (Agenda for Change)

Register of Interests

Staff pay and grading structures

Staff pay and grading structures follow ‘Agenda for Change’ in which staff are placed in one of nine pay bands. Details can be found on the NHS Employers website: How Agenda for Change Works

Details of the pay award for 2014/15 are given here: Agenda for Change pay bands and points

Funding (including endowment funds)

Please see the following link to NHS England’s website regarding CCG funding allocations: CCG Funding Allocations

Procurement and tendering procedures

It’s important that the services which the CCG commissions are underpinned by robust, fair and transparent procurement exercises to ensure that the quality of those services are achieved and maintained in order to facilitate greater choice for our patient population and to secure best value for money with public resources.

Details of contracts currently being tendered

In line with our obligations under EU procurement legislation, NHS Aylesbury Vale CCG routinely publishes the details of the contracts we put out to tender using the following website: Contracts Finder

List and value of contracts awarded

NHS Aylesbury Vale CCG routinely publishes a list of all contracts awarded by the CCG, along with the values of those contracts. This is available on request.

Procurement Decisions Register

NHS Buckinghamshire CCG Procurement Decisions Register FROM 1 JULY 2016 updated April 2018

This document is updated after each meeting of the Audit Committees in common when Single Tender Waivers documented on the register have formally been noted.

The Governing Bodies of the two Buckinghamshire CCGs, NHS Aylesbury Vale and NHS Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Groups, approved a new Assurance Framework to support implementation of a provider collaborative approach to complex commissioning at their July 2017 meeting. It is intended that this framework is applied in the first instance to two forthcoming re-commissioning areas:

  • 24/7 Primary Care Access
  • Integrated Community Teams

What our priorities are and how we are doing

Annual Report

Our annual reports & accounts can be found here

Annual business and / or commissioning plan

Details of our plans are given in the links under Targets, Aims and Objectives below

Targets, Aims and Objectives

Please see the following links to our website, showing our plans, our vision and priorities and our prospectus:

Performance against targets (KPI) / performance framework / performance management information

The Governing Body considers its performance against its performance indicators at each Governing Body meeting: Governing Body Meetings

Reports by regulatory organisations e.g. Care Quality Commission and NHS England  

In this section of our publication scheme we will publish the details of any reports issued by regulatory organisations. 

NHS England has specific responsibility under the Health and Social Care Act (2012) for CCG authorisation and assurance. To this end, they make an annual assessment of CCGs each financial year and publish a summary report. In addition, NHS England also oversees those CCGs which have been authorised subject to conditions. Any relevant publications in this respect can be found on the NHS England website.

A high number of our provider organisations in their capacity as clinical service providers will be subject to the regulatory oversight of the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC is set up with responsibility for making sure that care provided by hospitals, ambulances, care homes and other clinical service providers meet government standards of quality and safety.

Any reports published by the CQC can be found on the Publications section of their website.

Audit reports delivered at board / governing body level

Copies of any audit reports delivered to our Governing Body will feature in the section of our website: Governing Body Meetings


We want to involve our patients and wider population in the decisions that we need to make about commissioning the right services for the people living in Aylesbury. You will find information about current surveys and engagement events that are going on at the following links:

How we make decisions

Board papers – agenda, supporting papers and minutes

For details of governing body meetings and papers please see the following links: Governing Body Meetings


 Patient and public engagement strategy

Our public communications and engagement strategy can be found here

Our policies and procedures

Policies and procedures relating to the conduct of business and the provision of services

Copies of any policies, procedures or other publications formally ratified by NHS Aylesbury Vale CCG can be found here:


Equity and Choice

This policy describes the way care for people who have been assessed as eligible for fully funded NHS Continuing Healthcare is commissioned to reflect the choice and preferences of those individuals, whilst also balancing the need to commission safe and effective care that makes best use of available resources.

Equity and Choice policy

Equity and Choice information leaflet


Integrated Risk Management

Framework Integrated Risk Management – February 2018


Health and Safety

For more information please contact the CCG: Aylesbury Vale CCG Contact


Equality and Diversity

As an NHS organisation, AVCCG has a requirement to meet the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) and the requirements of the Equality Act 2013. AVCCG’s equality and diversity strategy and equality objectives have ensured that an understanding and commitment to addressing equality is built into the way the organisation is structured and operates.

Please click here to read the CCGs’ Public Sector Equality Duty Annual Report for 2017

NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard

Implementing the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) is a requirement for NHS commissioners and NHS healthcare providers including independent organisations, through the NHS standard contract.

The NHS Equality and Diversity Council announced on 31 July 2014 that it had agreed action to ensure employees from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds have equal access to career opportunities and receive fair treatment in the workplace.

This is important because studies shows that a motivated, included and valued workforce helps deliver high quality patient care, increased patient satisfaction and better patient safety.

In April 2015, after engaging and consulting with key stakeholders including other NHS organisations across England, the WRES was mandated through the NHS standard contract, starting in 2015/16. From 2017, independent healthcare providers are required to publish their WRES data.

Please see the latest WRES data for the CCGs.


Standing financial procedures / instructions and Standing orders

Please refer to Appendices E, F and G in the CCG constitution available through the following link. Our Organisation – CCG constitution


Complaints and Compliments

Telling us your views, whether it be a compliment, complaint or comment, helps us to know what we are doing well, learn lessons from mistakes, and prevent them happening to anyone else. Please find further information here


Estate management

Please contact NHS Property Services for further information: NHS Property Services


Aylesbury Vale CCG has adopted the equivalent policy of Chiltern CCG. This policy relates to the reporting by employees of suspected misconduct, illegal acts or failure to act.

The CCG is committed to the principle of public accountability and welcomes the opportunity to investigate genuine and reasonable concerns expressed by an individual or groups of staff or members relating to malpractice, in accordance with this public interest disclosure policy (whistleblowing).

Download our whistleblowing policy CCCG Freedom to speak up – Raising concerns in the NHS Policy v1.0

Charging regimes and policies

There is no charge for any documents downloaded from this site but they are subject to copyright laws. Where hard copies are requested a charge will be made for delivery costs and for any photocopying, postage and packaging.

There will be a charge, in line with national recommendations, for copies of personal records under the Data Protection Act.

The Freedom of Information Act allows the CCG to charge for communication costs. The CCG is not obliged to comply with a request for information if the CCG estimates that the cost of determining if they hold the relevant information, locating and retrieving the information and, where necessary, extracting the information from a document would exceed the ‘appropriate limit’ as defined by the FOI Act.

The appropriate limit has been set as a figure of £450.00 for CCGs. This figure is calculated at a rate of £25 per hour and therefore any request that exceeds 18 hours of work could be refused. In such cases the CCG has the option to refuse the request, charge the full fee or waive the fee. If the requestor agrees to pay the fee, payment must be received in full before work begins to gather the information.


National Fraud Initiative

This organisation is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for; auditing, or administering public funds, or where undertaking a public function, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The Cabinet Office is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

We participate in the Cabinet Office’s National Fraud Initiative: a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Minister for the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise, as detailed here.

The use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Practice.

View further information on the Cabinet Office’s legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information. For further information on data matching at this organisation contact Philip Murray, Chief Finance Officer on or 01494 586700.

Lists and registers

In this section of our publication scheme, we will outline any information held by the CCG which is currently maintained in lists or registers.


Governing Body Register of Interests

You can expect to find any copies of our Governing Body’s latest register of interests published here.

Disclosure log – in line with best practice guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office, NHS Aylesbury Vale CCG will shortly begin publishing our responses to Freedom of Information requests which we consider to be of a wider public interest in a disclosure log. You can expect to find our disclosure log on the Freedom of Information section of our website in due course.

Expenditure over £25,000 – in line with guidance from HM Treasury, we publish the details of any expenditure which exceeds the value of £25,000, this can be found here.


Risk registers

Our Governing Body is frequently presented with risk registers for our organisation, principally the Governing Body Assurance Framework (GBAF), in order that it can critically examine the effectiveness of the CCG’s internal controls. Copies of any such risk registers will feature on the Governing Body section of our website: Governing Body Meetings


Any register of interests kept in the CCG

Register of Interests and Conflicts of Interest policy

Register of Gifts and Hospitality provided to Board members and senior person

2018 04 Hospitality, Gifts and Sponsorship Register April 2018

Policy on Hospitality, Gifts and Sponsorship – July 2017

This document is updated only when there are new entries to be published.

The services we offer

Clinical services provided and / or commissioned

The CCG is a commissioning organisation only (i.e. it does not directly provide clinical services).

For details of local services please see the following link to our website: Your Health


Non-clinical services

The CCG is a commissioning organisation only (i.e. it does not directly provide clinical services).

For details of local services please see the following link: Local Services


Patient information leaflets and other booklets and newsletters


Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

Please find further information here


Advice and guidance

For details of Patient Advice and Liaison Services for individual Hospital Trusts please see their individual websites which can be found on the NHS choices website here


Corporate communications and media releases

Latest Aylesbury Vale CCG News

Media Enquiries


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