Plan­ners of coun­ties’ health care con­sider join­ing forces

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We have a long his­tory of col­lab­o­ra­tion across Le­ices­ter­shire and Rut­land and this rep­re­sents the next step

THE three groups that run GP ser­vices in Le­ices­ter­shire and Rut­land are to work more closely to­gether – and are con­sid­er­ing a merger.

Gov­ern­ing bod­ies of Le­ices­ter City, West Le­ices­ter­shire and East Le­ices­ter­shire and Rut­land clin­i­cal com­mis­sion­ing groups (CCGs) met last week and agreed to ap­point a joint ac­count­able of­fi­cer and man­age­ment team.

They said the move will cre­ate a “stronger and more con­sis­tent com­mis­sion­ing voice across the three CCG ar­eas”, which will fo­cus on de­liv­er­ing re­sults whole and “hold­ing providers to ac­count for de­liv­ery”.

In ad­di­tion, groups of GPs will be given in­creased re­spon­si­bil­ity for de­sign­ing ser­vices that im­prove the health of the com­mu­ni­ties they serve. Pro­fes­sor Azhar Fa­rooqi, clin­i­cal chair­man of Le­ices­ter City CCG, said: “We have a long his­tory of col­lab­o­ra­tion across Le­ices­ter­shire and Rut­land and this rep­re­sents the next log­i­cal step. It gives us the op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide more clar­ity to providers, while re­duc­ing du­pli­ca­tion and free­ing up peo­ple to drive the kind of sys­tem trans­for­ma­tion that we need.”

Pro­fes­sor Mayur Lakhani, clin­i­cal chair­man of West Le­ices­ter­shire CCG, said: “We be­lieve this joint ap­proach will help us to de­liver our plans for im­proved care for pa­tients. “At its heart is a com­mit­ment to think­ing strate­gi­cally across our three ar­eas.” Dr Ur­sula Mont­gomery, clin­i­cal chair­man of East Le­ices­ter­shire and Rut­land CCG, said: “I have al­ready seen some great ex­am­ples of col­lab­o­ra­tion and in­no­va­tion in prac­tice be­tween our CCGs. “I am con­fi­dent this move will help us to build upon those as we in­creas­ingly work in a more col­lab­o­ra­tive way than ever be­fore.” The re­cruit­ment process for the new ac­count­able of­fi­cer will be­gin, sub­ject to the out­come of con­sul­ta­tion with af­fected in­di­vid­u­als.

Firm pro­pos­als re­gard­ing the struc­ture of the joint man­age­ment team will be de­vel­oped soon.

The three CCGs will remain as an in­de­pen­dent statu­tory body. How­ever, the CCGs have also agreed to con­sider the po­ten­tial ben­e­fits of a le­gal merger. This work is ex­pected to be­gin in early 2019, with the out­come of the re­view ex­pected by mid-year.

TALKS: Prof Azhar Fa­rooqi

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