About us

Welcome to the NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) website

NHS South Tees CCG is responsible for planning Our areaand buying most NHS services for the 293,000 people of Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland, including the care you receive at hospitals and in the community.
This process is known as commissioning. Since April 2015 we have also had responsibility for commissioning GP services.  Find out more at NHS England Primary Care Commissioning.

The CCG is a membership organisation which includes all 37 GP practices in Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.

Our Constitution sets out our duties and how we make decisions.

We work in close partnership with those involved in providing care in the area, such as local voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations, Healthwatch, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust, Middlesbrough Borough Council and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council to make sure that NHS services meet the needs of our population.

This following glossary provides explanations of acronyms and terms that appear in documents that are referred to and discussions that are held at the CCG:  Glossary of Terms

Who are CCGs accountable to?

We’re overseen by NHS England at a national level.

NHS England ensures that CCGs have the capacity to successfully commission (buy) services for its local population. NHS England also ensures that the CCGs meet its financial responsibilities.

Further information

The NHS is a complex system, which can sometimes make it difficult to understand – especially working out who is responsible for what. It’s made up of a wide range of different organisations with different roles, responsibilities and specialities. These organisations provide a variety of services and support to patients and carers.

There is further information on the NHS England website including a useful video which helps describe the different NHS organisations, please visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/participation/nhs/

Contracts (and non-contract activity)

Contracts with our healthcare providers

We hold contracts with a multitude of NHS and non-NHS organisations which provide treatment and healthcare to our population.  Regardless of the nature of the provider, South Tees CCG uses the NHS Standard Contract.  This is mandated by NHS England for use by commissioners for all contracts for healthcare services other than primary care.

The NHS Standard Contract is a key enabler for commissioners to secure improvement in the quality of services for patients. Commissioners enforce the standard terms, including the financial consequences for under-performance or failure to provide data on which to assess performance.

The standard contract itself; details on conditions; and technical guidance, are all available on the NHS England website.

‘Any Qualified Provider’ (AQP)

The CCG commissions some services through the ‘Any Qualified Provider’ (AQP) procurement route.  All providers commissioned under the AQP route will have a standard NHS contract.

Non-contracted activity (NCA)

South Tees CCG also deals with various other providers on an ad hoc basis rather than via a contract.


Accessible Information Standard

The AIS is a requirement as part of the NHS Standard contact for all providers of NHS Services.

The standard sets out a specific, consistent approach to identifying, recording, flagging, sharing and meeting the information and communication support needs of patients, service users, carers and parents with a disability, impairment or sensory loss.

We, as a public facing organisation want to make information accessible to patients, service users and their carers. This includes making sure that people get information in different formats if they need it, such as large print, braille, easy read, and via email.

We understand that as part of the standard organisations that provide NHS or social care must do five things:

  • Ask people if they have any information or communication needs, and find out how to meet their needs
  • Record those needs in a set way (where appropriate)
  • Highlight a person’s file, so it is clear that they have information or communication needs, and clearly explain how these should be met (where appropriate)
  • Share information about a person’s needs with other NHS and adult social care providers, when they have consent or permission to do so
  • Act to make sure that people get information in an accessible way and communication support if they need it.

If you require information in an alternative language or format, such as braille, easy-read or large print please contact: 01642 745401

Further information on the Accessible Information Standard can be found on the NHS England website.