On behalf of CCGs, NHS Clinical Commissioners has developed a national response to NHS England and NHS Improvement’s engagement exercise Integrating care – Next steps to building strong and effective integrated care systems across England.
To develop our response, we engaged with around 300 individuals from our membership during December 2020, demonstrating our strength in the representativeness of the national CCG view.
The proposed pace of option 2 is worrying. There must be a smooth transition for CCGs to the new way of working, with as little disruption to CCG staff as possible to offer ICSs the best start as statutory organisations.
CCGs and their staff have a wealth of knowledge, expertise and legacy which must not be lost during transition. We have highlighted particular issues around clinical commissioning leadership, transition of specialised commissioning and equity of spend.
The move to a statutory ICS under option 2 will change the dynamic between system and place and may be challenging for some areas to manage that tension, particularly around the authority to act. Joint working with local government will be essential and as far as possible, we need decision making as near to citizens as possible.
We have also contributed to the NHS Confederation’s submission, which represents the views of the organisations that plan, commission and provide NHS services in England. Read the NHS Confederation’s submission here.
8 January 2021