Sussex CCG governing bodies are due to consider proposals to merge seven CCGs into three CCGs, in the hope that improved scale in commissioning will yield greater efficiency.
The proposals would see seven Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Sussex merge into three CCGs grouped around the area’s top-tier local authorities, with a single strategic commissioner management structure and supporting functions.
In addition, the East Surrey CCG could move to a different sustainability and transformation partnership:
- “West Sussex’s three CCGs – Coastal West Sussex, Crawley, and Horsham and Mid Sussex – becoming a single CCG with a population of around 855,000;
- High Weald Lewes Havens, Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford, and Hastings and Rother CCGs merging, creating a single CCG covering East Sussex with a population of just over 800,000;
- Brighton and Hove CCG remaining as it is but working more closely with the East Sussex CCG. Brighton and Hove CCG would have a smaller population than the others at around 290,000; and
- East Surrey CCG likely moving from Sussex and East Surrey STP to the Surrey Heartlands integrated care system.”
The potential benefits of this reorganisation are lower running costs, more effective commissioning scale, and greater integration with care partnerships and primary care networks.
Sussex and East Surrey CCG commented that:
“These proposals would enable us to commission more efficiently and effectively for our populations and would allow more focus on improving health outcomes and reducing health inequalities. To achieve this, collaboration with local authorities is particularly important as local government are responsible for public health spending and a wide range of services that influence people’s health.”
The CCG governing bodies will be formally considering these proposals in June 2019, and if approved will recommend the changes to NHS England.
For further information, you can read the Health Service Journal’s article here.