The five NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Norfolk and Waveney are exploring whether to merge into one larger CCG - and they are inviting the public to have their say.
The CCGs’ Governing Bodies believe there are now very clear advantages of merging. But they also say it would be essential that we keep the strengths of our existing CCGs, such as an area’s strong local focus and strong leadership by local doctors and nurses.
Many CCGs in England are also merging, in line with national guidance.
The clinical Chairs of the five CCGs said: “Our CCGs have achieved many things since 2013 and we are absolutely determined that this will only be strengthened and built upon. Our work must continue to be clinically led and we are determined to build upon our many local relationships and ensure services are appropriate for local communities.
“We have listened hard to clinicians and patients over the years and it is clear that some of the biggest issues we need to address need one strong, unified commissioning voice. For example we want better mental health services with reduced waits and fewer out of area placements, we want much quicker help for children and young people, especially in terms of mental health referrals and we have got to support our partners delivering health and care services to cope with rising demand.”
If the proposal proceeds, the CCGs would expect to submit an application to NHS England in the autumn, with the merger taking place by the end of March 2020.
The CCGs are beginning a summer of listening to partners and the public on how they think a merger could best proceed. You can find out more and complete an online survey at: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/NorfolkandWaveneyCCGProposal/
Alternatively, to request a hard copy of the survey please email
snccg.communications [at] nhs.net or write to
NHS Norwich CCG
St Peters Street
The CCGs in Norfolk and Waveney are in the process of forming one single staff team, which should be in place by the end of the year.