Agency takes first step

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk & World Update -

HEALTH bosses have taken a sig­nif­i­cant step to­wards set­ting up an agency that will shape med­i­cal care in Peter­bor­ough.

Mem­bers of the newly formed NHS Cam­bridgeshire and NHS Peter­bor­ough Clus­ter Board agreed yes­ter­day to es­tab­lish a Shadow Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) in Jan­uary, which will be­come fully re­spon­si­ble for health­care across the whole of the county in 2013.

It fol­lows a de­ci­sion by the Govern­ment made ear­lier this year to scrap in­di­vid­ual pri­mary care trusts, such as NHS Peter­bor­ough. It was the new board’s first meet­ing, fol­low­ing the merger of the NHS Cam­bridgeshire and NHS Peter­bor­ough man­age­ment boards.

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Sushil Jathanna said: “I de­scribe the tran­si­tion like a re­lay race, although un­like a re­lay race there’s no fin­ish­ing line in this one.”

He added: “The suc­cess of a re­lay team doesn’t de­pend on the strengths of in­di­vid­ual team mem­bers but on the seam­less han­dover of the re­lay ba­ton.

“The out­come will de­pend on how well we hand over the ba­ton from the PCT to the emerg­ing CCG.” Andy Vowles, di- rec­tor of strat­egy and de­liv­ery, told mem­bers that af­ter the Shadow CCG is set up there would be a pe­riod dur­ing which such mat­ters as its struc­ture would be agreed, along with the re­cruit­ment of key staff.

Up un­til March 31, 2013 when the PCTS are due to be abol­ished, the shadow CCG will grad­u­ally gain del­e­gated pow­ers so that it will have the chance to de­velop into the role.

By Novem­ber 2012 it is hoped that the group will be ready to es­tab­lish a per­ma­nent staffing struc­ture so that it can be­come a statu­tory body by the March 2013 dead­line.

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