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Part 14 E+WPatient and public involvement in health and social care

Local involvement networksE+W

221Health services and social services: local involvement networksE+W

(1)Each local authority must make contractual arrangements for the purpose of ensuring that there are means by which the activities specified in subsection (2) for the local authority's area can be carried on in the area.

(2)The activities for a local authority's area are—

(a)promoting, and supporting, the involvement of people in the commissioning, provision and scrutiny of local care services;

(b)enabling people to monitor for the purposes of their consideration of matters mentioned in subsection (3), and to review for those purposes, the commissioning and provision of local care services;

(c)obtaining the views of people about their needs for, and their experiences of, local care services; and

(d)making—

(i)views such as are mentioned in paragraph (c) known, and

(ii)reports and recommendations about how local care services could or ought to be improved,

to persons responsible for commissioning, providing, managing or scrutinising local care services.

(3)The matters referred to in subsection (2)(b) are—

(a)the standard of provision of local care services;

(b)whether, and how, local care services could be improved;

(c)whether, and how, local care services ought to be improved.

(4)The Secretary of State may by regulations amend this section for the purpose of adding to the activities for the time being specified in subsection (2).

(5)Before making regulations under this section, the Secretary of State must consult such persons as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.

(6)In this section—

  • care services” means—

    (a)

    services provided as part of the health service in England; or

    (b)

    services provided as part of the social services functions of a local authority;

  • local care services”, in relation to a local authority, means—

    (a)

    care services provided in the authority's area; and

    (b)

    care services provided, in any place, for people from the area;

  • the health service” has the same meaning as in the National Health Service Act 2006 (c. 41);

  • social services functions”, in relation to a local authority, has the same meaning as in the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970 (c. 42).

222Arrangements under section 221(1)E+W

(1)This section applies in relation to any particular arrangements made under section 221(1) by a local authority (“A”).

(2)In this section, a reference to a “local involvement network” is to a person who, in pursuance of the arrangements, is to carry on in A's area activities specified in section 221(2) for that area.

(3)The arrangements must be made with a person (“H”) who is not—

(a)a local authority;

(b)a National Health Service trust;

(c)an NHS foundation trust;

(d)a Primary Care Trust; or

(e)a Strategic Health Authority.

(4)The arrangements must secure the result that none of the following will be a local involvement network—

(a)H;

(b)A;

(c)any other local authority;

(d)a National Health Service trust;

(e)an NHS foundation trust;

(f)a Primary Care Trust;

(g)a Strategic Health Authority.

(5)The arrangements may (in particular) make provision as respects co-operation between a local involvement network and any English network or English networks.

(6)The arrangements may provide for the making of payments by A.

(7)The arrangements must include the required provision about annual reports (see section 227).

(8)In this section “English network” means a person who, in pursuance of arrangements made under section 221(1) by any local authority, is to carry on activities specified in section 221(2).

223Arrangements: power to make further provisionE+W

(1)The Secretary of State must make regulations which provide that arrangements made under section 221(1) (“local authority arrangements”) must require prescribed provision to be included in local involvement network arrangements.

(2)The regulations may in particular provide that local authority arrangements must require local involvement network arrangements to include—

(a)prescribed provision relating to the way in which certain decisions of a local involvement network are to be taken;

(b)prescribed provision relating to the authorisation of individuals as authorised representatives within the meaning of section 225(5);

(c)prescribed provision relating to the use by a local involvement network of money derived from the arrangements;

(d)prescribed provision relating to the consequences of contravention by a local involvement network of any provision of the arrangements.

(3)In this section—

  • a local involvement network” means a person who is to carry on activities specified in section 221(2);

  • local involvement network arrangements”, in relation to local authority arrangements, means arrangements—

    (a)

    which are made in pursuance of the local authority arrangements; and

    (b)

    under which a person is to carry on activities specified in section 221(2);

  • prescribed provision” means provision prescribed or of a description prescribed by the regulations.

224Duties of services-providers to respond to local involvement networksE+W

(1)The Secretary of State may by regulations impose, on a services-provider, duties—

(a)as respects responding to requests for information made to the services-provider by a local involvement network;

(b)as respects dealing with reports or recommendations made to the services-provider by a local involvement network; or

(c)as respects dealing with reports or recommendations which, in accordance with any requirement imposed in regulations under paragraph (b), have been referred to the services-provider by another services-provider.

(2)In subsection (1) “services-provider” means—

(a)a National Health Service trust;

(b)an NHS foundation trust;

(c)a Primary Care Trust;

(d)a local authority; or

(e)a person prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State.

(3)For the purposes of subsection (1), something is done by a local involvement network if—

(a)it is done by a person who, in pursuance of arrangements made under section 221(1), is to carry on activities specified in section 221(2); and

(b)it is done by that person in the carrying-on, under those arrangements, of activities so specified.

(4)Before making regulations under this section, the Secretary of State must consult such persons as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.

225Duties of services-providers to allow entry by local involvement networksE+W

(1)The Secretary of State shall by regulations make provision for the purpose of imposing, on a services-provider, a duty to allow authorised representatives to enter and view, and observe the carrying-on of activities on, premises owned or controlled by the services-provider.

(2)The provision that may be made by regulations under subsection (1) includes (in particular)—

(a)providing for a duty to apply in relation to premises owned or controlled by a services-provider only if, or not to apply in relation to any such premises if, the premises are of a particular description;

(b)providing for a duty, so far as applying in relation to any premises, to apply in relation to activities carried on on the premises only if, or not to apply in relation to any such activities if, the activities are of a particular description;

(c)conditions to be satisfied before a duty arises in a particular case;

(d)provision limiting the extent of a duty, whether generally or in particular cases;

(e)provision imposing, or authorising the imposition of, conditions and restrictions for the purposes of subsection (4)(b);

(f)provision as respects the authorisation of individuals for the purposes of this section by a local involvement network.

(3)Provision such as is mentioned in subsection (2)(d) may limit a duty by (in particular)—

(a)providing for a duty not to apply to an authorised representative if he is, or unless he is, of a particular description;

(b)limiting the number of authorised representatives to whom a duty applies in a particular case;

(c)limiting the hours during which a duty applies.

(4)While an authorised representative is on any premises as a result of a services-provider having complied with a duty imposed under subsection (1)—

(a)any viewing, or observation, carried out by the representative must be carried out for the purposes of the carrying-on, under arrangements made under section 221(1), of activities specified in section 221(2); and

(b)the representative must comply with any applicable conditions and restrictions imposed under subsection (1) for the purposes of this paragraph.

(5)In this section “authorised representative” means an individual authorised for the purposes of this section, in accordance with any applicable provision in regulations under subsection (1), by a local involvement network.

(6)In this section “local involvement network” means a person who, in pursuance of arrangements made under section 221(1), is to carry on activities specified in section 221(2).

(7)In this section “services-provider” means—

(a)a National Health Service trust;

(b)an NHS foundation trust;

(c)a Primary Care Trust;

(d)a local authority; or

(e)a person prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State.

226Local involvement networks: referrals of social care mattersE+W

(1)Subsections (2) to (5) apply where a local involvement network refers a matter relating to social care services to an overview and scrutiny committee of a local authority.

(2)The committee must—

(a)acknowledge receipt of the referral; and

(b)keep the referrer informed of the committee's actions in relation to the matter.

(3)The committee must decide whether or not any of its powers is exercisable in relation to the matter referred.

(4)If the committee concludes that any of those powers is exercisable in relation to the matter, the committee must decide whether or not to exercise that power in relation to the matter.

(5)The committee, in exercising any of those powers in relation to the matter, must take into account any relevant information provided by a local involvement network.

(6)The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision as respects determining the time by which a duty under subsection (2)(a) is to be performed.

(7)For the purposes of this section, something is done by a local involvement network if—

(a)it is done by a person who, in pursuance of arrangements made under section 221(1), is to carry on activities specified in section 221(2); and

(b)it is done by that person in the carrying-on, under those arrangements, of activities so specified.

(8)In this section—

  • “overview and scrutiny committee”—

    (a)

    in relation to a local authority which under Part 2 of the Local Government Act 2000 (c. 22) operates executive arrangements, means an overview and scrutiny committee of the authority within the meaning given by section 21(1) of that Act;

    (b)

    in relation to a local authority which under Part 2 of that Act operates alternative arrangements, means a committee or sub-committee appointed under section 32(1)(b) of that Act;

    (c)

    in relation to the Common Council of the City of London, means a committee established under section 10(1) of the Health and Social Care Act 2001 (c. 15); and

    (d)

    in relation to the Council of the Isles of Scilly, means a committee which, by virtue of an order under section 265 of the Local Government Act 1972 (c. 70), is appointed by the Council under section 21(1) or 32(1)(b) of the Local Government Act 2000;

  • social care services” means services provided as part of the social services functions of a local authority;

  • social services functions”, in relation to a local authority, has the same meaning as in the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970 (c. 42).

227Local involvement networks: annual reportsE+W

(1)Subsection (2) has effect for the purposes of section 222(7).

(2)In relation to any arrangements made under section 221(1) by a local authority with another person (“H”), the “required provision about annual reports” is—

(a)provision—

(i)requiring, for each local involvement network, the preparation by the network for each financial year of a report in relation to the activities of the network in the year (so far as they are activities specified in section 221(2) for the local authority's area and carried on in pursuance of the arrangements);

(ii)requiring the preparation by H of any report that is required, under provision included in the arrangements in pursuance of sub-paragraph (i), to be prepared by a local involvement network but is not prepared by the network; and

(iii)requiring the preparation by H, for each non-networked financial year, of a report in relation to the non-networked activities;

(b)provision requiring that each such report must comply with the requirements mentioned in subsection (3);

(c)provision requiring each such report to be prepared by 30th June after the end of the financial year concerned; and

(d)provision requiring that, once such a report has been prepared—

(i)copies of it are to be made publicly available in such manner as the person preparing it, after having had regard to any guidance issued by the Secretary of State that may be in force at the time, considers appropriate; and

(ii)a copy of it is to be sent to each of the persons specified in subsection (4).

(3)The requirements referred to in subsection (2)(b) are—

(a)that the report addresses, in particular, such matters as the Secretary of State may direct;

(b)that the report, if it is a report required to be prepared by a local involvement network (even if actually prepared by H in compliance with provision included in the arrangements in pursuance of subsection (2)(a)(ii)), includes—

(i)details of the amounts spent by H in respect of the network in the year concerned; and

(ii)details of what those amounts were spent on; and

(c)that the report, if it is a report prepared by H in compliance with provision included in the arrangements in pursuance of subsection (2)(a)(iii), includes—

(i)details of the amounts spent by H in the year concerned in respect of the non-networked activities; and

(ii)details of what those amounts were spent on.

(4)The persons referred to in subsection (2)(d)(ii) are—

(a)the local authority;

(b)each Primary Care Trust, and each Strategic Health Authority, any part of whose area falls within the area of the local authority;

(c)any overview and scrutiny committee of the local authority that is within subsection (5);

(d)the Secretary of State; and

(e)such other persons (if any) as the Secretary of State may direct.

(5)An overview and scrutiny committee of the local authority is within this subsection—

(a)in the case of a report required to be prepared by a local involvement network (even if actually prepared by H in compliance with provision included in the arrangements in pursuance of subsection (2)(a)(ii)), if any activities of the network (so far as they are activities specified in section 221(2) and carried on in pursuance of the arrangements) are relevant to the functions of the committee; and

(b)in the case of a report prepared by H in compliance with provision included in the arrangements in pursuance of subsection (2)(a)(iii), if in the year concerned any of the non-networked activities are relevant to the functions of the committee.

(6)In subsections (2) to (5) “the non-networked activities” means the activities specified in section 221(2) for the authority's area so far as they—

(a)are activities for whose carrying-on in the authority's area the arrangements make provision; and

(b)are not, under the arrangements, activities whose carrying-on is within the remit of a local involvement network.

(7)For the purposes of subsection (2)(a)(iii), a financial year is “non-networked” if there is a time in the year when an activity falls (to any extent) within the definition of “the non-networked activities” given by subsection (6).

(8)In subsections (2) to (7), a reference to a “local involvement network” is to a person who, in pursuance of the arrangements, is to carry on in the local authority's area activities specified in section 221(2) for that area.

(9)In this section—

  • financial year” means a period of 12 months ending with 31st March;

  • overview and scrutiny committee” has the meaning given by section 226(8).

(10)Power to give directions for purposes of this section includes power to vary or revoke directions given in previous exercise of the power.

(11)Directions given, or guidance issued, for purposes of this section must be published in such manner as, in the opinion of the Secretary of State, is likely to bring them or it to the attention of the persons to whom they or it are applicable.

228Transitional arrangementsE+W

(1)When a local authority becomes subject to the duty in section 221(1), it also becomes subject to the following duty.

(2)That duty (“the temporary duty”) is to ensure until the relevant time that there are means by which the activities specified in section 221(2) can be carried on in the local authority's area.

(3)The Secretary of State may by regulations—

(a)define “the relevant time” for the purposes of subsection (2);

(b)make provision about the ways in which the temporary duty may or may not be complied with;

(c)impose on a services-provider duties as respects—

(i)responding to requests for information made by a relevant person;

(ii)dealing with reports or recommendations made by a relevant person;

(d)make provision for the purpose of imposing on a services-provider a duty to allow individuals authorised by relevant persons to enter and view, and observe the carrying-on of activities on, premises owned or controlled by the services-provider;

(e)make provision relating to the referral by a relevant person of matters relating to social care services to an overview and scrutiny committee of a local authority;

(f)make provision requiring a relevant person to prepare prescribed reports and to send them to prescribed persons;

(g)make provision about the publication of such reports.

(4)Regulations under subsection (3)(d) may include—

(a)provision corresponding to any provision that could be included in regulations under section 225(1) by virtue of section 225(2) or (3);

(b)provision corresponding to section 225(4).

(5)Regulations under subsection (3)(e) may include provision corresponding to—

(a)any provision of section 226(2) to (5);

(b)any provision that could be included in regulations under section 226(6).

(6)References in subsection (3) to a “relevant person” are to be read as follows—

(a)for the purposes of subsection (3)(c) and (e), a request, report, recommendation or referral is made by a “relevant person” if it is made by a person in carrying on section 221 activities in pursuance of temporary arrangements;

(b)for the purposes of subsection (3)(d), an individual is authorised by a “relevant person” if the individual is authorised for the purposes of regulations under subsection (3)(d), in accordance with any applicable provision of those regulations, by a person carrying on section 221 activities in pursuance of temporary arrangements;

(c)in subsection (3)(f) “relevant person” means—

(i)a person who is or has been carrying on section 221 activities in pursuance of temporary arrangements; or

(ii)a local authority which is or has been subject to the temporary duty.

(7)In this section—

  • overview and scrutiny committee” has the same meaning as in section 226;

  • section 221 activities” means activities specified in section 221(2);

  • services-provider” means (subject to subsection (8))—

    (a)

    a National Health Service trust;

    (b)

    an NHS foundation trust;

    (c)

    a Primary Care Trust; or

    (d)

    a local authority;

  • social care services” has the same meaning as in section 226;

  • temporary arrangements” means the arrangements made by a local authority to comply with the temporary duty.

(8)In subsection (3)(d) “services-provider” also includes a person prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State under section 225(7)(e).

229Sections 221 to 228: interpretation and supplementaryE+W

(1)For the purposes of sections 221 to 228, each of the following is a “local authority”—

(a)a county council in England;

(b)a district council in England, other than a council for a district in a county for which there is a county council;

(c)a London borough council;

(d)the Common Council of the City of London; and

(e)the Council of the Isles of Scilly.

(2)Any power of the Secretary of State to make regulations under sections 221 to 228 includes power to make incidental, supplementary, consequential, transitory or transitional provision or savings.

Abolition of Patients' Forums etcE+W

230Abolition of functions of Patients' ForumsE+W

(1)The following provisions of the 2006 Act are omitted—

  • sections 237(3) to (9) and 238 (functions of Patients' Forums);

  • section 239 (power to confer rights of entry on members of Patients' Forums); and

  • section 241(3) and (4) (regulations about membership of Patients' Forums).

(2)If subsection (1) comes into force on a day other than 1st April—

(a)section 240 of the 2006 Act (a Patients' Forum must prepare an annual report for each financial year), and regulation 4 of the Functions Regulations (a Patients' Forum must prepare annual accounts for each financial year), shall have effect as if the final reporting period of a Patients' Forum were a financial year; and

(b)regulation 4(3) of the Functions Regulations (accounts for a financial year to be copied to the Commission no later than 31st May after end of year) shall have effect in relation to the final reporting period of a Patients' Forum as if for “31st May” there were substituted “ two months ”.

(3)A Patients' Forum, in its report under section 240 of the 2006 Act for its final reporting period, must (in particular) include details of anything being done by the Patients' Forum that was still in progress when subsection (1) came into force.

(4)Section 240 of the 2006 Act does not require a Patients' Forum to prepare a report, and regulation 4 of the Functions Regulations does not require a Patients' Forum to prepare annual accounts, in relation to any time after the end of its final reporting period.

(5)In subsections (2) to (4) “final reporting period”, in relation to a Patients' Forum, means the period—

(a)ending with the coming into force of subsection (1); and

(b)beginning with the preceding 1st April.

(6)In this section—

  • the 2006 Act” means the National Health Service Act 2006 (c. 41);

  • the Functions Regulations” means the Patients' Forums (Functions) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/2124).

231Abolition of Patients' ForumsE+W

(1)The following provisions of the National Health Service Act 2006 are omitted—

  • section 237(1) and (2) (establishment of Patients' Forums and appointment of their members);

  • section 240 (Patients' Forums: annual reports); and

  • section 241(1) and (2) (power to make further provision about Patients' Forums).

(2)The property, rights and liabilities of each Patients' Forum are by virtue of this subsection transferred to the Secretary of State for Health (including any property, rights and liabilities that would not otherwise be capable of being transferred).

(3)Any legal proceedings relating to anything transferred under subsection (2) may be continued by or in relation to the Secretary of State for Health.

232Abolition of Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in HealthE+W

(1)The following provisions of the 2006 Act are omitted—

  • section 243 (establishment and functions of the Commission); and

  • Schedule 16 (further provision about the Commission).

(2)The property, rights and liabilities of the Commission are by virtue of this subsection transferred to the Secretary of State for Health (including any property, rights and liabilities that would not otherwise be capable of being transferred).

(3)Any legal proceedings relating to anything transferred under subsection (2) may be continued by or in relation to the Secretary of State for Health.

(4)Subsection (5) applies if the Secretary of State is satisfied that the Commission has carried out, or has substantially carried out, its functions under section 243(5) of the 2006 Act (review by Commission of annual reports of Patients' Forums) in relation to the final reports of the Patients' Forums.

(5)The Secretary of State may fix the period that is to be the Commission's final reporting period for the purposes of paragraphs 11 and 12 of Schedule 16 to the 2006 Act (Commission's annual report and accounts) by notifying that period to—

(a)the Commission; and

(b)the Comptroller and Auditor General.

(6)Paragraphs 11 and 12 of Schedule 16 to the 2006 Act shall have effect as if the final reporting period notified under subsection (5) were a financial year.

(7)Paragraphs 11(2) and 12(1) of Schedule 16 to the 2006 Act do not require the Commission to prepare annual accounts and reports in respect of any time after the end of the final reporting period notified under subsection (5).

(8)The period notified under subsection (5)—

(a)must be a period beginning with 1st April in any year; and

(b)may be a period of, or longer or shorter than, 12 months.

(9)In this section—

  • the 2006 Act” means the National Health Service Act 2006 (c. 41);

  • the Commission” means the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health.

Consultation about health servicesE+W

233Duty to involve users of health servicesE+W

(1)Section 242 of the National Health Service Act 2006 (public involvement and consultation) is amended as mentioned in subsections (2) to (4) below.

(2)For subsection (1) (bodies to which section applies) substitute—

(1)This section applies to—

(a)relevant English bodies, and

(b)relevant Welsh bodies.

(1A)In this section—

  • relevant English body” means—

    (a)

    a Strategic Health Authority,

    (b)

    a Primary Care Trust,

    (c)

    an NHS trust that is not a relevant Welsh body, or

    (d)

    an NHS foundation trust;

  • relevant Welsh body” means an NHS trust all or most of whose hospitals, establishments and facilities are in Wales.

(1B)Each relevant English body must make arrangements, as respects health services for which it is responsible, which secure that users of those services, whether directly or through representatives, are involved (whether by being consulted or provided with information, or in other ways) in—

(a)the planning of the provision of those services,

(b)the development and consideration of proposals for changes in the way those services are provided, and

(c)decisions to be made by that body affecting the operation of those services.

(1C)Subsection (1B)(b) applies to a proposal only if implementation of the proposal would have an impact on—

(a)the manner in which the services are delivered to users of those services, or

(b)the range of health services available to those users.

(1D)Subsection (1B)(c) applies to a decision only if implementation of the decision (if made) would have an impact on—

(a)the manner in which the services are delivered to users of those services, or

(b)the range of health services available to those users.

(1E)The reference in each of subsections (1C)(a) and (1D)(a) to the delivery of services is to their delivery at the point when they are received by users.

(1F)For the purposes of subsections (1B) to (1E), a person is a “user” of any health services if the person is someone to whom those services are being or may be provided.

(1G)A relevant English body must have regard to any guidance given by the Secretary of State as to the discharge of the body's duty under subsection (1B).

(1H)The guidance mentioned in subsection (1G) includes (in particular)—

(a)guidance given by the Secretary of State as to when, or how often, involvement under arrangements under subsection (1B) is to be carried out;

(b)guidance given by the Secretary of State as to the form to be taken by such involvement in any case specified by the guidance.

(3)In subsection (2) (each body to which section applies must make arrangements), for “body to which this section applies” substitute “ relevant Welsh body ”.

(4)In subsection (5) (directions about arrangements under subsection (2)), for “subsection (2)” substitute “ this section ”.

(5)After that section insert—

242AStrategic Health Authorities: further duty to involve users

(1)The Secretary of State must by regulations require each Strategic Health Authority to make arrangements which secure that health service users are, directly or through representatives, involved (whether by being consulted or provided with information, or in other ways) in prescribed matters.

(2)In this section “health service users” means persons to whom health services are being or may be provided in the area of the Strategic Health Authority.

(3)A Strategic Health Authority must have regard to any guidance given by the Secretary of State as to the discharge of the authority's duty under regulations under this section.

(4)The guidance mentioned in subsection (3) includes (in particular)—

(a)guidance given by the Secretary of State as to when, or how often, involvement under arrangements under the regulations is to be carried out;

(b)guidance given by the Secretary of State as to the form to be taken by such involvement in any case specified by the guidance.

(5)Any duty of a Strategic Health Authority under regulations under this section is in addition to the authority's duty under section 242(1B).

242BDirections in cases where Strategic Health Authority arranges involvement

(1)The Secretary of State may make regulations enabling a Strategic Health Authority, in circumstances mentioned in subsection (2), to direct a Primary Care Trust that persons who would otherwise be involved in a particular matter under arrangements made by the Primary Care Trust under section 242 are not to be involved in that matter under those arrangements.

(2)The circumstances referred to in subsection (1) are where the persons concerned are to be involved (whether by the Strategic Health Authority, by the Strategic Health Authority and the Primary Care Trust acting jointly, or otherwise) under arrangements made or to be made by the Strategic Health Authority.

(3)Regulations under this section may include provision—

(a)for the consequences of compliance with a direction, including provision that a Primary Care Trust is not to be taken to have failed to comply with its duty under section 242(1B) by reason of compliance with a direction,

(b)enabling a direction to be given where involvement under arrangements made by the Primary Care Trust has already begun, and as to the provision that may be made by the direction in such a case,

(c)requiring prescribed information to be provided by a Primary Care Trust to a Strategic Health Authority,

(d)requiring prescribed information to be provided by a Strategic Health Authority to a Primary Care Trust,

(e)enabling a Strategic Health Authority to direct a Primary Care Trust to act jointly with the Strategic Health Authority in carrying out involvement.

234Reports on consultationE+W

(1)In Chapter 1 of Part 2 of the National Health Service Act 2006 (c. 41) (Strategic Health Authorities), after section 17 insert—

17AReports on consultation

(1)Each Strategic Health Authority must, at such times as the Secretary of State may direct, prepare a report—

(a)on the consultation it has carried out, or proposes to carry out, before making commissioning decisions, and

(b)on the influence that the results of consultation have on its commissioning decisions.

(2)In subsection (1) “commissioning decisions”, in relation to a Strategic Health Authority, means (subject to any directions under subsection (5)(e)) decisions as to the carrying-out of functions exercisable by it for the purpose of securing, by arrangement with any person or body, the provision of services as part of the health service.

(3)Each Strategic Health Authority must also, at such times as the Secretary of State may direct, prepare a report—

(a)on any relevant consultation carried out by the authority, and

(b)on the influence that the results of any relevant consultation have had on such matters as may be specified in the direction.

(4)In subsection (3) “relevant consultation” means consultation in relation to matters specified by the direction under that subsection.

(5)The Secretary of State may give directions as to—

(a)the periods to be covered by reports under this section;

(b)the matters to be dealt with by reports under this section;

(c)the form and content of reports under this section;

(d)the publication of reports under this section;

(e)decisions that are to be treated as being, or that are to be treated as not being, commissioning decisions for the purposes of subsection (1).

(2)In Chapter 2 of Part 2 of the National Health Service Act 2006 (Primary Care Trusts), after section 24 insert—

24AReport on consultation

(1)Each Primary Care Trust must, at such times as the Secretary of State may direct, prepare a report—

(a)on the consultation carried out, or proposed to be carried out, before the making by the Primary Care Trust of commissioning decisions, and

(b)on the influence that the results of consultation have on its commissioning decisions.

(2)In subsection (1) “commissioning decisions”, in relation to a Primary Care Trust, means (subject to any directions under subsection (3)(e)) decisions as to the carrying out of its functions under Parts 4 to 7.

(3)The Secretary of State may give directions as to—

(a)the periods to be covered by reports under this section;

(b)the matters to be dealt with by reports under this section;

(c)the form and content of reports under this section;

(d)the publication of reports under this section;

(e)decisions that are to be treated as being, or that are to be treated as not being, commissioning decisions for the purposes of subsection (1).

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