In July 2020, the six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) covering Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Southampton formally agreed that they want to merge to form a new commissioning organisation.
Our new organisation, if endorsed by our member GP practices and subsequently approved by NHS England and NHS Improvement, will help us work together even more closely, so that together we can better support the health and care system in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to improve population health outcomes and to improve the quality and performance of health and care services.
As we change our plans will be to:
- Increase the focus and support CCGs provide to primary care and our support to the development of primary care networks. General practice is the cornerstone of the NHS and the first port of call for most people who seek health advice or treatment. Primary care networks are at the heart of the integrated care model.
- Pursue deeper integration of health and care with council partners, building on the arrangements and relationships already in place, in order to make a step change impact on preventing ill health, reducing inequalities, joining up health and care delivery and improving people’s independence, experience and quality of life.
- Enable each Integrated Care Partnership in Hampshire & Isle of Wight to thrive. Leadership responsibility for tasks such as pathway redesign and service development, which have traditionally been led by CCGs, will transfer (with the associated teams and resources) to partnerships of providers as they are formed.
- Come together as CCGs to create a single strategic planning, transformation, resource allocation & assurance function for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight ICS.
Work is now underway to form a business case and formal application to NHS England and NHS Improvement, with input from our CCG teams, local GPs and key partners such as local authorities and the voluntary sector. The decision to submit a merger application will be made by each CCG Governing Body in September 2020, with the aim to become a new single CCG from April 2021.
We will be sharing more information and opportunities for local people and our key partners to share feedback as we move forward. If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact our CCG reform team email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.