How we work

What are we responsible for?

CCGs are responsible for planning, buying and monitoring the quality of the majority of local NHS services covering:

  • The care and treatment you may need in hospital and in the community
  • Prescribing
  • Mental health services
  • Support and services for people living with learning disabilities

Importantly this CCG is not responsible for the commissioning of primary care, which includes your GP practice, dentists and opticians – these areas are commissioned by the local offices of NHS England.

Our region is covered by the Surrey and Sussex Area Team. You can find out more by visiting the NHS England website here.

CCGs have a statutory role to support the quality of primary care and are responsible for the strategic planning of services, with primary care a key element of the local five-year Sustainability and transformation Plans, being developed.

We will work closely with our neighbouring clinical commissioning groups in West Sussex and will continue to work with all of our local NHS partners.

Building a first class health and care system for the people of Sussex and Surrey

All NHS health organisations and local authority organisations who commission and provide health and care in Sussex and East Surrey have put aside their usual boundaries and come together to work to create an ambitious local plan to achieve a vision of a sustainable health and care system built around the needs of our local populations.

Sussex and East Surrey is one of 44 geographical Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) “footprints” in England who have been asked to produce a long-term plan outlining how local health and care services will evolve, improve and continue over the next five years.

Sustainability and Transformation Plan “footprints” are locally defined, based on natural communities, existing working relationships, patient flows and take account of the scale needed to successfully deliver all health and care services.

STP footprints are not statutory bodies, but collective discussion forums which aim to bring together health and care leaders to support the delivery of improved health and care based on the needs of local populations. They do not replace existing local bodies, or change local accountabilities.

Sussex and East Surrey STP chair, Michael Wilson, said: “I am sure we are all aware of the faced in providing excellent health and care services to everyone in our area.  I hope what is also clear is the commitment of everyone involved to ensure the improvement and the future of our NHS and social care services.

“Working together as we are now will help build and strengthen local relationships, allow all organisations involved to gain a better understanding of where we are now, our ambition for the future and what we ned to get there.

“As we go on we look forward to engaging with all of our stakeholders in this planning process and I am sure there will be many who will have a lot to say and a lot to contribute.”


Sussex and East Surrey has set up an STP with representative from all health and care organisations – NHS trusts (providers), clinical commissioning groups and local councils. In addition, local GPs are involved and Healthwatch is represented and fully embedded in the Programme Board. 

Nine working groups have been formed covering: Acute provision (including mental health); workforce; primary and community care provision; digital improvement, estates; provider productivity improvement, communication and engagement and governance are meeting regularly to work through ideas and practicalities.

Working groups and the programme Board have met, together and separately about 11 times since January and will continue to meet on a regular basis.

Initial presentations to NHS England

The STP Programme Board must present initial ideas to NHS England on 30 June.  It is on track to do this and will meet the deadline.

Next steps

Initial feedback from NHS England is expected later in the summer. On receipt of that feedback Sussex and East Surrey STP will start to roll out a robust communication and public engagement programme designed to look at options and to gather public opinion.  Healthwatch is involved in planning the communication and public engagement programme will also be involved in analysing feedback and preparing a final report on the results of the engagement programme.

Organisations involved:

  • Brighton & Hove CCG
  • Surrey & Sussex LMCS
  • Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Healthwatch East Sussex (umbrella for the appropriate Healthwatch in the footprint)
  • Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Surrey and Borders Partnership Foundation Trust
  • High Weald Lewes Havens CCG
  • Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust
  • West Sussex County Council
  • Sussex Partnership Foundation NHS Trust
  • Sussex Community NHS Trust
  • Surrey County Council
  • Eastbourne Hailsham Seaford & Hastings and Rother CCGs
  • Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Surrey and Borders Partnership Foundation Trust
  • SECAmb
  • Queen Victoria Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Horsham & Mid Sussex CCG
  • High Weald Lewes Havens CCG
  • First Community Health Care
  • East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
  • East Sussex County Council
  • East Surrey CCG
  • CSH Surrey
  • Crawley CCG
  • Coastal West Sussex CCG
  • Brighton & Hove City Council


Our member practices

How we make decisions

We are accountable to every patient and member of our local community in Crawley. You can hold us to account and make sure that we are delivering the best possible health services for you and your family.

Each of our GP member practices are responsible for the decisions we make as a CCG. They have delegated their authority for these decisions to a number of groups which meet regularly to carry out the work of the CCG.


The Governing Body

Our Governing Body oversees the decisions that the CCG makes about local health services, ensuring our activities meet the best standards of quality for the local population. We strongly encourage public attendance at these meetings and openly invite you to attend.

You can read more about the Governing Body's work and its members, as well as any upcoming meetings, on our Governing Body page

Clinical Reference Group 

The group combines representatives from both the Crawley localities and includes GPs, GP Practice Managers and lay members. This group is accountable to the CCG and contributes to the overall direction of our work by engaging with  expert GPs and senior clinicians, patients and members of the general public.


Executive Group

The Exeutive Group is a decision-making body which develops and oversees care projects including long term conditions, urgent care and more. The group works closely with the West Sussex County Council and the district council(s).


Commissioning Patient Reference Group (CPRG)

The CCG also has a Commissioning Patient Reference Group through which patient representatives from practices and other groups across Crawley meet together monthly to discuss local health services and the CCG’s work. The CPRG members will monitor and provide feedback on engagement activities to assure the CCG Governing Body that the engagement of public and patients is an integral part of all activity. This group is key to ensuring the health services in our local area meet what you tell us you need.

360 degree stakeholder survey

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) need to have strong relationships with a range of health and care partners in order to be successful commissioners within the local system. The CCG 360 stakeholder survey is a key part of ensuring these strong relationships are in place.

As part of the CCG annual assurance process, NHS England commissioned IPSOS Mori to co-ordinate the survey. This survey allowed stakeholders to provide feedback on our working relationships. Stakeholders surveyed included GP member practices, the Health and Wellbeing Board, Healthwatch , West Sussex County Council and other NHS organisations. 

 We would like to thank everyone who participated in the survey. To view the results, please download the Crawley CCG 360 degree survey reports:


Conflicts of Interest

A conflict of interest occurs where an individual’s ability to exercise judgement, or act in a role, is or could be impaired or otherwise influenced by his or her involvement in another role or relationship. Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) manage conflicts of interest as part of their day to day activities. Effective handling of conflicts of interest is crucial to give confidence to patients, tax payers, healthcare providers and Parliament that the CCG commissioning decisions are robust, fair and transparent and offer value for money.  NHS England have produced statutory guidance, part of which is that all CCGs need to publish their declaration of interest register, as well as the gifts and hospitality register and register of procurement decisions.  

Please find below the links to the registers. Please note the individual declaration of interests, gifts, hospitality, fees, travel and accommodation registers are for both Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG, and Crawley CCG. The practice register of declaration of interest is for Crawley CCG only

Crawley CCG have had no conflict of interest breaches between 1st April 2016 and 10th January 2017. 

The CCG retains a record of historic interests for a minimum of 6 years after the date on which it expired. If further information is required please contact us on 01293 600300 ext 4255 or email HSCCG.ContactUs-CrawleyCCG@nhs.net .

Register for Individual Declaration Of  Interest

Register for practices Crawley

Register for gifts, hospitality, fees, travel and accommodation Crawley CCG and Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG