Positive legacy of CCGs must not be lost with move to formalise ICSs

NHS England and NHS Improvement have today published proposals that set out options for formalising system working in England. Responding to the proposals, Lou Patten, CEO of NHS Clinical Commissioners, said:

“These proposals signal a really significant moment for clinical commissioners. CCGs have been hugely successful in developing the vitally important partnership between clinicians, managers and lay members. It has been enlightening over the past few years to have a strong united clinical view about major service changes, patient pathways and the principle of primary care being the cornerstone of patient-centred care. This sets a really strong legacy for Integrated Care Systems.

“Whilst recognising that the majority of commissioning functions will continue at ICS level in what is being proposed, the great work at neighbourhood and place, enhanced by the focus on the pandemic must continue. The local stewardship role of CCGs and their joint working with local authorities must not be lost – we cannot throw the baby out with the bathwater.

“There is a huge amount of organisational memory within CCGs, and it is positive that there is a ‘continued employment promise’ within these plans to ensure staff are retained to continue the current and future commissioning responsibilities. I appreciate how this will land today with hard-working and COVID-weary staff, and that’s why NHSCC, as the only member body for CCGs, will work closely with NHS Confederation colleagues and the ICS network to support members every step of the way to transition. We will seek to influence NHSEI at the highest level in order to minimise disruption and destabilisation, consolidate the positive, and that way we can ensure the fantastic legacy of CCGs lives on in ICSs.”

NHSCC is part of the NHS Confederation. Read a statement from NHS Confederation chief executive, Danny Mortimer.

26 November 2020