NHS England has approved the merger of three North Yorkshire CCGs.
The three CCGs – NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby, NHS Harrogate and Rural District and NHS Scarborough and Ryedale – will become the North Yorkshire CCG on April 1 next year.
The groups said they welcome NHS England’s decision and the benefits it will bring to the people of North Yorkshire.
As a single organisation it is hoped that it can eliminate unnecessary duplication and bureaucratic boundaries to work more efficiently together and with our partners while ensuring consistency of decision making for the people of North Yorkshire.
It also wants to develop a unified approach to relationships with the new North Yorkshire Primary Care Networks and 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.
Additionally, the reduction of administrative costs to enable more investment in front line health services and sharing of good practice to adopt the best from each of the three existing CCGs is top of the merger agenda.
The groups also recognised that being able speak as a unified commissioning voice for the benefit of our local population and working more strategically on a larger footprint with our local and regional partners were advantages of the move.
The 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.”
Adding: “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.”