The long-term plan hit our desks in January this year, stating that ‘typically’ there will be one CCG per integrated care system (ICS).
Over the past month, fifteen CCGs across England have announced their intention to merge or to consider a merger.
If approved by NHS England, the mergers could see four new strategic commissioning bodies taking effect from 1 April 2020.
Healthcare Leader brings you all the latest news on CCG mergers.
Six CCGs in South East London
Six CCGs in South East London agreed to consider proposals to merge into one organisation, as it emerges from NHS Greenwich CCG board meeting papers dated 1 May.
NHS Bexley, NHS Bromley, NHS Greenwich, NHS Lambeth, NHS Lewisham, and NHS Southwark CCGs ‘have confirmed a shared intention to progress an application and the process of CCG merger’, the board papers said, which means the six bodies could be merged from 1 April 2020.
However, an NHS Southwark CCG spokesperson told Healthcare Leader that the merger will be subject to ‘formal approval by the governing bodies before an application is submitted to NHS England in September’.
They added that the CCGs are seeking feedback on the proposals by GP practices, residents, partners and stakeholders ‘as an essential part of the application process’.
The spokesperson said: ‘Merging the CCGs would be a step towards becoming an ICS, which is a commitment set out in the NHS long-term plan.’
If the merger is approved, the CCGs will share one leadership team, ‘with a range of roles that will ensure continued capacity at borough level to support place-based commissioning’, the spokesperson added.
Two CCGs in the Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin area
NHS Shropshire CCG and Telford and Wrekin CCG have announced their intention to create one new organisation for both CCGs after NHS Telford and Wrekin CCG governance board meeting on 14 May.
The CCGs said that in order to cut their administrative costs by 20% by 2020, as instructed by NHS England last year, they need to save £1.2m across both CCGs.