NHS England has approved the merger of three North Yorkshire clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). The three CCGs – NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG, NHS Harrogate and Rural District CCG and NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG – will become the North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group on 1 April 2020.
We welcome NHS England’s decision and the benefits it will bring to the people of North Yorkshire.
As a single organisation we will be able to:
- Eliminate unnecessary duplication and bureaucratic boundaries to work more efficiently together and with our partners.
- Ensure consistency of decision making for the people of North Yorkshire.
- Develop a unified approach to relationships with the new North Yorkshire Primary Care Networks.
- Provide a more agile and responsive service which maintains a local focus but enables us to obtain better value for money by commissioning at scale.
- Reduce administrative costs to enable more investment in front line health services.
- Share good practice and adopt the best from each of the three existing CCGs.
- Speak as a unified commissioning voice for the benefit of our local population.
- Work more strategically on a larger footprint with our local and regional partners.
This merger follows reviews carried out by each of the three North Yorkshire CCGs last year and builds on work already started to improve the way that the CCGs work together and deliver for local people. A single leadership team has already been appointed, following decisions by each CCG’s governing body in summer 2018, and we have already begun to look at how best to structure the new organisation.
Charles Parker, GP and Chair Designate of the North Yorkshire CCG said: “The North Yorkshire CCG will retain the existing commitment to strong clinical leadership and focus on the needs of local people, drawing in best practice from learning across North Yorkshire. The governance model we have developed will still allow there to be strong local leadership and patient engagement, ensuring each area of North Yorkshire will continue to have a strong clinical voice and patients’ views are represented.”
Amanda Bloor, Accountable Officer for the three North Yorkshire CCGs said: “A single commissioning voice will make it easier to reduce some of the health inequalities we see across the county and respond consistently to the needs our population. The merger also will enable us to work more efficiently and at scale freeing up resources to invest in front line health services.”
Work will continue in the months ahead with the community, staff and partners to further develop the North Yorkshire CCG before it begins operations on 1 April 2020. This will include beginning operations in shadow form from the beginning of the new year and developing our operational plan for our first year as well as longer term strategies to guide the work of the new organisation.Read More
The three North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG, NHS Harrogate and Rural District CCG and NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG, today announce two appointments to their shared senior leadership team.
Wendy Balmain has joined the team as Director of Strategy and Integration. Wendy previously served as Director of Transformation and Delivery for Harrogate and Rural District CCG where she was responsible for delivering health care commissioning for the CCG and led work to integrate community and adult social care services. Wendy brings extensive experience across health and social care both at a national and local level to her new role. As Director of Strategy and Integration she will be responsible for primary care transformation and commissioning, including implementation of primary care networks, and will work closely with partners across North Yorkshire to expand integrated service models.
Simon Cox has been appointed permanent Director of Acute Commissioning. Simon has been serving in this role temporarily since January 2019. Prior to this he served as Chief Officer of NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG. Simon started his career as a practitioner in operating theatres in Leeds General Infirmary and brings thirty years of NHS experience to his new role. As Director of Acute Commissioning he will oversee the relationship with acute providers across the three North Yorkshire CCGs including commissioning and performance. He will also support transformation and service redesign initiatives ensuring that acute care best serves the needs of North Yorkshire.
Both Wendy and Simon have commenced in their new roles. Amanda Bloor, Accountable Officer for the North Yorkshire CCGs, said: “I am delighted that we have secured such talented senior leaders to work alongside me as we transform the way we deliver for the people of North Yorkshire.
“Wendy and Simon are the first directors to join the team which will provide strategic leadership for the three North Yorkshire CCGs, replacing director positions which were previously replicated across the CCGs. This ‘scaled up’ approach will enable us to work strategically with our partners as well as achieve consistent decision making across North Yorkshire for the people we serve.
“Both Wendy and Simon bring a wealth of health care and leadership experience and decades of public service to their new roles. They are committed to retaining the local focus of our work, delivering for local people, while enabling us to share good practice across North Yorkshire. This will enable us to make the most of our combined resources and contribute to better health outcomes for our community.”
In September 2018 the three CCGs’ Governing Bodies voted to introduce a shared senior leadership team across the three organisations. Recruitment is under way for three remaining positions on the new team: Director of Vulnerable People, Director of Corporate service, Governance and Performance and Chief Nurse. Announcements will be made once appointments have taken place.
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North Yorkshire’s three clinical
commissioning groups (CCGs) have agreed to merge.
The decision was ratified during a meeting in public of the Governing Bodies which represent NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG, NHS Harrogate and Rural District CCG and NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG, meeting as a ‘Committee in Common’.
A detailed formal proposal will be
submitted to NHS England by 30 September and should it be approved, the three
CCGs will begin operating as a single, statutory organisation from 1 April next
NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG
Chair, Dr Charles Parker, said the proposed merger represents “a great
opportunity to improve healthcare for the people of North Yorkshire”.
NHS Harrogate and Rural District Chair, Dr
Alistair Ingram, said: “A single commissioning voice will make it easier to
reduce some of the health inequalities we see across the county and there will
be less duplication and bureaucracy.”
NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG Associate
Chair, Dr Peter Billingsley added: “Importantly, the governance model that will
be introduced will still allow there to be strong local leadership and patient
engagement, ensuring each area of North Yorkshire will continue to have a
strong clinical voice and patients’ views are represented.”
The proposed merger comes on the back of
reviews carried out by each of the three North Yorkshire CCGs last year, with
Amanda Bloor, formerly the Accountable Officer for Harrogate and Rural District
CCG, subsequently appointed the Accountable Officer across the three North
Yorkshire CCGs in December.
A shared executive leadership team is set
to be implemented soon.
proposal to merge has the unanimous backing of the three CCGs’ Council of
Members / Clinical Representatives (made up of local GPs and practice managers)
and the Local Medical Committee.