Our core structure

We are a membership organisation comprising all 81 GP practices throughout Dorset.

All 81 GP practices are sub-grouped into 13 locality groups (or geographical areas), which have been involved in commissioning for the local region for many years. Each locality has a Locality Chairperson (a local GP), who is a member of our Governing Body. This ensures our decisions are clinically-led.

Practices work as a Primary Care Network. More information about PCN’s can be found here.

The Governing Body meets bi-monthly. Part 1 of these meetings are held in public and there is an opportunity for members of the public and representative bodies to put questions to the Governing Body towards  the end of Part 1 of the meeting.

To support NHS Dorset CCG’s values, and in response to requests from the public, the Governing Body is pleased to invite questions from members of the public and organisational representatives, at Governing Body meetings.

In order to effectively manage the meetings, questions will be taken at the end of the public part of the meeting (Part 1) for 20 minutes. In the event that the number of questions exceeds the time allotted, questions will be dealt with in the order they were received.
To enable the board to research and fully answer as many questions as possible during this period, we would welcome written advance notice of questions, but are happy to take any questions at the end of Part 1 of the meeting. Questions should be framed succinctly and be relevant to general health care commissioning and not personal or individual issues*. Please submit any advance questions within 5 working days of board meetings either by e-mail: corporate.office@dorsetccg.nhs.uk or by post:

Governing Body Secretary,
Corporate Office,
NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group,
Vespasian House,
Barrack Road,
DT1 1TG.

*Please note: confidentiality restrictions prevent the Governing Body responding to patient-specific issues.