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Specimen code of conduct for NHS clinical commissioning group governing body members

This guidance reflects current best practice from across economic sectors and the requirements of NHS England. This document should also be read in conjunction with the Professional Standards Authority’s standards for NHS boards and governing bodies. The NHS CCG code of governance states:

‘Governing bodies have robust and effective processes for decision making, as outlined in their constitution, that support and maintain transparency and accountability at every level.’

The code goes on to say that this could be demonstrated by:

‘...behaving in accordance with the Nolan principles and any codes of conduct agreed by the CCG.’

It is desirable that the governing body lead by example in terms of ensuring that the agreed vision, values, and culture of the CCG are embedded throughout. Articulating those standards in a code of conduct for the governing body provides a good basis for outlining the expectations placed on governing body members when fulfilling their duties on behalf of the CCG.

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