Publication Scheme

What is a publication scheme?

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI Act) requires public authorities to adopt and maintain a publication scheme, the purpose of which is to:

  • Specify the classes of information we have committed to publish;
  • Say how we will make that information available;
  • Say whether the information is available free of charge or on payment.

Most of the information covered by our publication scheme will be made available on this website. If you need information in an alternative format, we will do all we reasonably can to help. Our publication scheme follows the Information Commissioner’s model publication scheme for public authorities.

Who we are and what we do

What we spend and how we spend

Financial information about DDES  CCG will be made available here as it is produced.  If the information you require is not available here you can make a Freedom of Information request to obtain the information by writing to or emailing the Information Governance Service:


Address: Information Governance Service, John Snow House, Durham University Science Park, Durham, County Durham DH1 3YG. Information about the general financial duties of DDES  CCG and its prime Financial Strategy can be found in the following documents:

Our priorities and how we are doing

How we make decisions

Key policies and procedures Below are our key policies and procedures. If you need to access others policies or procedures please go to our key publications page.

  • Complaints Policy & Procedure
  • Confidentiality and DP Policy
  • Data Quality Policy
  • Information Access Policy
  • Information Governance & Information Risk Policy
  • Information Security Policy
  • Records Management Policy & Strategy
  • Safeguarding Children Policy
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adult Policy
  • Standards of Business Conduct & Declarations of Interest Policy

CCG Sanction Reporting


As commissioners we must publish on our website details of the financial sanctions due and applied to each of our major providers for failure to achieve national standards set out in their NHS Standard Contracts.


The 2015/16 sanction document enclosed details these sanctions on a quarterly basis for each of the CCG’s major providers. The quarterly positions do not show a cumulative position but we have included a YTD tab so you can see total sanctions applied year to date.


At the time of publication we have used the latest data available to us and therefore the data included is subject to change in future publications.


Further information can be found in the 2015/16 NHS Standard Contract Technical Guidance on page 121, available from:


Provider Sanctions 15-16

Lists and registers:

Please click here to see archive registers

Services we offer

Primary Care Rebate Schemes

Primary care rebate schemes are contractual arrangements offered by pharmaceutical companies, or third party companies, which offer financial rebates on GP prescribing expenditure for particular medicines. Such schemes need to be managed in a consistent, transparent and robust process. DDES CCG is supported to do this by the regional Primary Care Rebate Scheme Assessment Panel. This panel follows a set of principles, established by pharmacy procurement specialists, to facilitate robust scrutiny and identification, adoption and implementation of primary care rebate schemes that are judged to offer genuine benefits to the NHS and to patients.

DDES CCG has signed up to the following primary care rebate schemes:


  • Degarelix
  • Epiduo Gel
  • Gluco RX Test Strips
  • Contour Next Test Strips
  • Prostap
  • Rivaroxaban
  • Dabigatran

See documents below for further detail.

FEC 15 45 MP IM a DDES Formal Exec Meeting – Rebate Schemes Cover Paper – Resubmission of …

FEC 15 45 MP IM b DDES Formal Exec Meeting – Rebate Schemes appendix 1 – 11th Feb 2015