Today sees the launch of a discussion document for public feedback on the proposals for NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Mid and South Essex to come together.
The proposed changes, set out in the: “ Working Together for Mid and South Essex – Share your views on how NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups are proposing to work together.”, document are looking at how we as local NHS commissioning organisations meet the requirements set out in the 2019 NHS Long Term Plan. This Plan sets out a vision for commissioning and provision of services to be more integrated across the health and care system. The Plan also talks about developing Integrated Care Systems, with one commissioning organisation.
There are 1.2 million people living in Mid and South Essex, who are served by a £1.64 billion budget and currently five CCGs managing this budget. The proposals to merge the five CCGs in to one organisation will enable the organisations to work in a more streamlined way. It means decisions about developing health and care services can be made quicker and more efficiently.
Anand Deshpande, Chair of NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“The proposed merger of the five CCGs in mid and south Essex would help ensure health and care services in the future are more consistent across the area and will help reduce some of the costs involved in commissioning, freeing up more money for services.
“At the same time we want to maintain a strong connection with the local areas currently served by the five CCGs, making sure services have a strong local and clinical focus, as well as being provided in the context of supporting our whole integrated system of health, social and community care.
“This is why we want to hear the views of local people, health and care professionals and partner organisations on what matters to them, if we are to merge into a single commissioning organisation”.
The CCGs are seeking views from local people, healthcare professionals and partner organisations on how we can maintain a strong focus on ensuring health and care services are working for people at a local level. We also want to see what the benefits and risks are of commissioning services over a wider area, and how we can maintain a strong clinical and patient focus as the CCGs begin the process of becoming a single commissioning body.
Find out more about the proposed changes in the discussion document, “Working Together for Mid and South Essex” which can be downloaded from each of the CCGs’ websites, and provide feedback via: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/midandsouthessexCCGs.