As a public body, NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has a duty to comply with all aspects of the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2000. As a member of the public you have the right to know how public services such as the NHS are organised and run, how much they cost and how you can make complaints if you need to. This publication scheme brings together information which is regularly requested of the CCG, which is already available in the public domain, for example, on this website.

This publication scheme has been designed following guidance issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (the authority for regulating the FOI Act in England and Wales) for Health Bodies in England. The information provided is divided into the following sections:

Who we are and what we do

  • Organisational information, structures, locations and contacts.
  • How NHS Bury CCG fits into the wider NHS structure and details about our senior management and partner organisations.

What we spend and how we spend it

  • Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and audit. Financial information about NHS Bury CCG, annual accounts and staff pay grades.

Our priorities and how we are doing

  • NHS Bury CCG’s annual reports, assessments, business and strategic plans.

How we make decisions

  • NHS Bury CCG’s criteria used for decision making, Governing Body agendas, supporting papers and minutes.

Our policies and procedures

  • Current written protocols and procedures for delivering our functions and responsibilities.

Lists and registers

  • Lists of NHS Bury CCG registers such as the register of interests of Governing Body members.

The services we plan and purchase

  • Services NHS Bury CCG provides, corporate communications and media releases.
  • In addition, a log of recent FOI requests are published on this page.

How to use this scheme

For each section, the scheme outlines key information and gives links to more detailed information held on our website or on external sites. All of the information on our website or linked through this page is available free of charge.

For some reports and larger documents, you will need Adobe Reader to view information as a PDF document. You can download this free from the Adobe website.

You may also request copies of information to be sent to you in paper format, however, under the rules of the FOI Act, there may be a charge. If a request for a paper version of any publication that is available electronically means that we have to do a lot of photocopying or printing, or pay a large postage charge, we will let you know the cost before fulfilling your request. Any costs are payable in advance.

Making an FOI request

For any information not available through this publication scheme, you can make n FOI request to the CCG.

Requests for information will be treated on a case-by-case basis; however, some information may not be available because it falls within one of the exemptions of the Act. When this applies, we will tell you which exemption we consider applies. Visit our Freedom of Information page for more information.

Requesting personal information

Requests for information relating to you that you think is held by the CCG does not fall within the scope of the FOI Act. This falls under the Data Protection Act 2018 and is known as a ‘subject access request’. The timeframes and charges for a subject access request are different to the FOI Act. More information can be found on this website.


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Who we are and what we do?

How does NHS Bury CCG fit into the NHS structure?

NHS Bury CCG is part of a wider network of CCGs in England (there are separate arrangements for the rest of the UK) which became operational from April 2013 following the Health and Social Care Act 2012, replacing Primary Care Trusts. The CCG is responsible for planning, commissioning, delivering and monitoring the provision of health services for a population of around 190,000 who are residents of Bury. We share our geographic boundaries with those of Bury Council and are neighboured by CCGs in Bolton, Salford, Heywood Middleton and Rochdale, Manchester and East Lancashire.

The structure of the NHS after April 2013 (NHS England, Understanding the New NHS, 2014) provides a more detailed explanation of the duties and responsibilities of CCGs.

Organisational structure

Governing Body

The business of the CCG is directed by our Governing Body, this group is made up of executive (senior members of staff) and non-executive lay members (appointed to provide independent expertise and challenge). The Chair of the Governing Body is Dr. Cathy Fines.

The Governing Body is supported in discharging its duties by a committee structure which is highlighted below.

Executive Management Team

The day-to-day management of the CCG is carried out by our Executive Management Team which consists of:

  • Geoff Little – Accountable Officer.
  • Will Blandamer – Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning (a joint post with Bury Council).
  • Appointment pending – Chief Finance Officer (a joint post with Bury Council).
  • Catherine Jackson – Director of Nursing and Quality Improvement.

The Executive Management Team is supported by three directorates Quality and Safeguarding – reporting to Catherine Jackson, Finance – reporting to the Chief Finance Officer (appointment pending) and joint Commissioning – reporting to Will Blandamer.

Member Practices

The CCG is a Membership organisation, all 26 GP Practices in Bury are members and have delegated decision making on most items to the Governing Body.

Our key partners

We sometimes hold responsibility for commissioning of services alone, but in some areas, we will work closely with our colleagues at Bury Council and with our neighbouring CCGs, especially those in the North East sector of Greater Manchester:

Along with our Member Practices who provide primary medical care, we have key working relationships with partners who provide emergency and secondary care services for the people of Bury such as Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (part of the Northern Care Alliance) which operates hospital services including at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust which operates mental health services including in Bury.  Community services are provided by the Northern Care Alliance.

We also work with BARDOC (Bury and Rochdale Doctor on Call) who provide out of hours GP services, and the local GP Federation who provide the GP Extended Hours service.

Greater Manchester now has devolved responsibility for its health and social care budget. The group which oversees this is the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, of which the CCG along with Bury Council are members. The partnership’s website can be accessed here.

Contact details

Our administration offices are based at:

Townside Primary Care Centre, 1 Knowsley Place, Knowsley Street, Bury, BL9 0SN

  • Our reception phone number is tel: 0161 762 1500.
  • You can reach us via our Twitter account
  • Or by email
  • For any press/media enquiries you can email our Communications and Engagement Team

What we spend and how we spend it

Financial information

The full accounts for previous financial years can be found here. In addition the Governing Body receives regular financial summary reports which are published here.

As part of the Government’s commitment to transparency in expenditure we publish reports on our website for any financial transactions of spending over £25,000. This information can be accessed here.

Allowances and expenses for senior staff are published as part of our Annual Report. The current and previous versions can be found here.

Staff pay and grading structures

The CCG complies with the NHS national terms and conditions for pay and grading, referred to as Agenda for Change. Staff pay and grading is linked to this national framework. Information on Agenda for Change can be found here.  Pay banding for senior staff including a statement on pay multiples i.e. the ratio between the highest and median salary is included in our Annual Report.

List and value of contracts awarded

The CCG publishes a register of procurement decisions and contracts awarded, this is updated on a quarterly basis, please email us for further information.

Our priorities and how we are doing

  • Annual Report – All of the CCGs annual reports are indexed and available here.
  • Annual Business Plan/Commissioning Plan.
  • Targets, aims and objectives.
  • Performance – The Governing Body receive a performance report at each public meeting. These can be found here.
  • Reports by regulatory organisations – The CCG is regulated by NHS England, each CCG is assessed against a framework, currently called the Improvement and Assessment Framework.
  • Audit Reports – Any audit reports delivered to the Governing Body and that the CCG determine can be disclosed to the public will form part of the publication on our website for that Governing Body meeting.

How we make decisions

The CCG’s arrangements for governance and decision making are set out in our Constitution. It describes the governing principles, rules and procedures that the CCG has established to ensure probity and accountability in the day to day running of the CCG; to ensure that decisions are taken in an open and transparent way and that the interests of patients and the public remain central to the goals of the CCG. In addition the Standing Orders provide a procedural framework within which the CCG discharges its business.

Agenda and reports

The CCG publishes reports online which are considered at public meetings. Currently the Governing Body, Primary Care Commissioning Committee and Strategic Commissioning board, which is a joint committee with Bury Council, meet in public:

Governing Body – Agenda and reports can be found here

Primary Care Commissioning – Agenda and reports can be found here

Strategic Commissioning Board – Agenda and reports can be found here

Any meeting paper which is over one year old, are available on request by email

Engagement strategy

Our Communications and Engagement Strategy contains elements on patient and public involvement. It can be found here, however, is in the process of being updated to reflect joint work with Bury Council.

Public consultations   

When the CCG undertakes consultations on specific themes, information will be published on this website.

Our plans, policies and procedures

All of our plans, policies and procedures are published on this website.  Standing financial instructions and standing orders for the Governing Body are also published.

Complaints and customer service policies – These are covered within the page linked above, the CCG also operates a PALS and Complaints Policy.

Data Protection and Records Management – Policies relating to data protection and records management fall within the information governance section of the website. By law, the CCG has to publish a processing notice, which demonstrates how we handle personal information of patients and staff.

Lists and registers

The CCG publishes the following registers:

  • Declarations of interest
  • Gifts and hospitality
  • Contracts awarded and procurement decisions
  • FOI disclosure log
  • Spending over £25,000 

The services we plan and purchase

We are a commissioning organisation; therefore, we do not directly provide services. We commission a range of services for the people of Bury, including:

  • GP services
  • Elective (planned) hospital care
  • Urgent and emergency care
  • Most community health services
  • Mental health and learning disability services
  • Rehabilitation care

Log of FOI requests by month

Please note that some of the FOI requests contain embedded documents as part of the response, such as Excel spreadsheets or Word documents. The embedded documents can be requested by contacting the Patient Services Team by e-mail. Please quote the FOI reference number along with the year and month of the request.