'Is there a legal requirement for CCGs to sign up to their local Compact?'

q and aThere isn't a legal requirement for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to sign up to a local Compact.
However, we would strongly encourage CCGs to sign up – doing so sends a strong message that a CCG is willing to strengthen relationships with local voluntary organisations.
Signing up to a local Compact should be considered as a way of showing to other partners that you will take a collaborative approach to working together, and that you can be trusted.

Additionally, local authorities and CCGs have equal and joint duties to prepare JSNAs, through the health and wellbeing board. The Department of Health have issued guidance on Joint Strategic Needs Assessments, which states that:
“Most local areas will have a Compact agreement setting out how local authorities and the NHS will work with voluntary organisations for mutual benefit and these Compacts should be considered, and recognised within the JSNA and JHWS process.”

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