Your views are important - North Yorkshire CCGs merger survey

We want to hear your views about the proposed merger of the three North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

In April 2019, the three CCG North Yorkshire Governing Bodies made the decision to make a formal application to NHS England to merge as a single organisation from April 2020. 

The three organisations in North Yorkshire are:
  • NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group
  • NHS Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group
  • NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group
Background

NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups took over responsibility for commissioning local health services in April 2013.  They are organisations combining the expertise of local family doctors (GPs) and NHS managers; putting local doctors and nurses at the very heart of deciding what health services to provide, where and how. 

CCGs are required to constantly respond and adapt to the changing local circumstances and challenges ensuring the health of the local population is met.

In the summer of 2018 the Governing Bodies of the three CCGs in North Yorkshire took the decision to appoint a single accountable officer and leadership team for the three organisations in order to enable more collaborative working across North Yorkshire.  Amanda Bloor was appointed as Single Accountable Officer and took up post on 1 December 2018. Since then the majority of the executive leadership team have been appointed and are in post.

There have already been many examples of successful cross-working across the three CCGs, for instance commissioning North Yorkshire wide services such as Children’s Mental Health services, patient transport and NHS 111 service from North Yorkshire Ambulance Service as well as the Medequip contract for community equipment.  The joint working brings both economies of scale and operational efficiencies, as well as consistency for the people we serve. 

This is a significant step and great opportunity to improve the healthcare for the people of North Yorkshire, addressing the “postcode lottery”; ensuring our money is spent on the right things, whilst maintaining a local focus but allows us to obtain better value for money by commissioning at scale.

Next steps

We will submit a merger request to NHS England in September this year and plan to begin operating as a single organisation (one CCG) from 1 April 2020.

We would be very grateful if you could take five minutes to provide us with your views, on what is important to you as an individual (or organisation), so that we can reflect upon this in the process to create a North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
 
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