The NHS Long Term Plan was published earlier this year. It sets out NHS priorities, changes to the way the NHS is structured and how health services will be delivered. It has a strong focus on integration, collaboration and on designing and delivering health services around populations rather than organisations, to deliver real health benefits to patients. This provides an opportunity to work differently as partners to tackle current issues in the system, deliver more consistent and improved outcomes, better patient experience and future financial stability.
In North Central London (NCL), we are collaborating with partner organisations to plan and deliver the Long Term Plan locally. We are building on the close working relationships of our local NHS, councils and with residents, to focus on delivering patient-centred care closer to home based on the needs of patients and residents.
A key element of the NHS Long Term Plan is the requirement for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) areas to have a single CCG. At their meetings last week the five CCG Governing Bodies in NCL agreed to submit the application to NHS England to form a single CCG covering the boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington. This would take effect from 1 April 2020.
Merging to a single NCL CCG provides us with a key opportunity to achieve an optimum balance of delivering healthcare services that are best commissioned at scale across North Central London and those that are best commissioned at a local level. Consequently, borough-based working remains a key part of our proposed delivery model.
Merging to form a single CCG will also:
- improve our efficiency
- allow us to utilise NHS money to maximise investment in frontline services
- progress faster with plans to improve our residents’ health
- reduce the ongoing inequalities affecting people’s wellbeing
- deliver the best outcomes for patients
- allow us to focus our time and resources on commissioning the best possible care and support within the resources available for our patients across North Central London
As part of establishing a single CCG, we will be asking member practices to approve a new Constitution.
The Constitution is a document that sets out how the CCG is governed. It includes the roles and responsibilities of Governing Body members and the CCG’s governance structure.
Member practices across North Central London will be invited to vote together on the new Constitution in the first half of November 2019. However, we first wanted to give you an opportunity to review the draft Constitution, submit feedback to us for consideration and ask any questions prior to the final version being circulated as part of the formal voting process.
The draft Constitution can be found here. We have also addressed some questions relating to the Constitution. The attached letter was sent by Camden CCG Chair, Dr Neel Gupta to all practices on 9 October. It refers to the attached Schedule 5 which provides detail on a set of financial principles for a merged NCL CCG.
If you have any feedback or questions, please email the Governance and Risk team at NCL.firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Monday 21 September.
If you would like any further information, please also email NCL.email@example.com in the first instance.