Mid and South Essex STP Joint CCG Committee

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Find out more about the Mid and South Essex Joint Committee which is leading on the transformation of many of the NHS services in south and mid Essex.

The Joint CCG Committee is a meeting of the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) in mid and south Essex which is held in public and presided over by an independent Chair.

This Committee is made up of the GP Chairs and Accountable Officers from each of the member Clinical Commissioning Groups. These are Thurrock CCG, Basildon and Brentwood CCG, Southend CCG, Rochford and Castle Point CCG and Mid Essex CCG.

The Joint Committee acts collectively in the planning, securing and monitoring of NHS services to meet the needs of the population of mid and south Essex, as well as representing mid and south Essex for services commissioned over a larger area. Working collaboratively in this way will allow us to have a stronger influence and this means better outcomes for patients. It also allows us to provide greater scrutiny and influence on any decision that affects our area.

Specifically, the Joint Committee commission and manage the contracts for:

  • Acute (hospital) services (NHS and independent sector);
  • NHS 111 and Out of Hours services;
  • Ambulance services and patient transport services; and
  • Acute Mental Health services.

The Joint Committee also play a role in decision making about learning disability services within the existing pan-Essex arrangements.

The Joint Committee ensures a consensus across all the CCGs but is not an organisation or legal entity, and the individual CCGs retain the statutory responsibility for commissioning healthcare in each of the above areas. All other decisions about healthcare not listed above continue to be taken locally by the relevant CCG.

If members of the public would like to attend a meeting of the Joint Committee, they are asked to contact Viv Barnes, Interim Board Secretary, on 01245 398139 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and providing details of any specific requirements they might have.

During the meeting there will be an opportunity for questions from the public. To ensure a full response can be given on the day, it is recommended questions are submitted in writing in advance to Viv Barnes (contact details as above).


At the Joint Committee meeting on Wednesday 29 November 2017, the Joint Committee gave approval to begin the consultation process on proposals for hospital services in mid and south Essex. 

The proposed changes include: making improvements to all three A&E departments, developing a new specialist stroke centre, consolidating some inpatient care and moving services from Orsett Hospital to four integrated medical centres across Thurrock.

The consultation closed on Friday 23 March 2018. Keep an eye out for further updates in the coming months.

Referral of Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) consultation and plans to Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

The proposals that were recommended following the consultation (Your Care in the Best Place), from the Mid and South Essex STP, are currently on hold while the consultation is referred to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

The decision to refer the consultation and the resulting decisions made by the Joint Committee, was first made by Southend Borough Council People Scrutiny Committee on 09 October 2018. Thurrock Council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee voted to refer the plans on 08 November 2018. Further information on Thurrock’s reasons for referral are to be confirmed at a later date.

Details of the Southend Council’s referral letter can be found at: https://southend.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=132&MId=3147&Ver=4 

The CCG Joint Committee response is here: https://midessexccg.nhs.uk/about-us/the-library/mid-and-south-essex-joint-committee/3064-stp-response-to-southend-council-draft-referral-21-nov-18/file

Joint Committee meeting dates 2020

Please note that all public meetings at for the joint committee are suspended for the time being because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Please remember that if you would like to attend a meeting, contact Viv Barnes, Interim Board Secretary, on 01245 398139 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and providing details of any specific requirements they might have.

Meeting dates for the Mid and South Essex  CCG Joint Committee are published at https://midessexccg.nhs.uk/about-us/mid-and-south-essex-joint-committee

Committee papers

Meeting papers will be published one week in advance of each meeting. You can download them at https://midessexccg.nhs.uk/about-us/mid-and-south-essex-joint-committee/committee-papers  Hard copies will be available on the day.

Terms of Reference

Find the document ToR for the Joint Committee (396 KB) .