Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are delaying engagement to consider options for changes to NHS commissioning in Lancashire and South Cumbria. Member practices, CCG staff and our partners will be kept informed on any updates and developments on the commissioning reform programme.
The eight CCGs in Lancashire and South Cumbria are working in partnership to deliver more integrated care for local people.
This work aims to create a focus for the health and care system to work very differently, agreeing plans to improve the whole population’s health, using partnerships to improve the quality of health services and bringing the system back into financial balance.
Commissioning leaders have a clear intention of building on the best work undertaken with our partners to improve health and join up health and care services and community assets in neighbourhoods, five local health and care partnerships (Central Lancashire, Fylde Coast, Morecambe Bay, Pennine Lancashire and West Lancashire) and across the whole of Lancashire and South Cumbria.
A period of formal engagement is underway with local member practices, CCG staff and other stakeholders including providers, local authorities, Healthwatch and patient/public groups to consider options for changes to NHS commissioning in Lancashire and South Cumbria.
Following the engagement process, and taking account of any feedback received, it is clear that any decisions regarding reforming Clinical Commissioning Groups can only be made by the member GP practices. Our plan at this stage would be to hold such a vote in each CCG in May 2020.
It is envisaged that any application would be submitted to NHS England in September 2020, with the potential for a single CCG for Lancashire and South Cumbria being fully established on 1 April 2021.
A case for change document is available here and is the basis for local discussions. This is a technical NHS document intended to begin an engagement process with GP members, partner organisations and other stakeholders of the eight CCGs in Lancashire and South Cumbria.