It has been confirmed that the largest clinical commissioning group in the north of England will be created by a merger in the greater Manchester region.
The merger of North, South and Central Manchester CCGs has been rubber stamped by NHS England, with the completion of this process due to take place in April.
Ian Williamson, the chief officer of Central Manchester CCG, has been confirmed as accountable officer for the new organisation.
Once the manager is implemented, the new organisation will receive a program allocation of £785 million in 2017-18.
The new organisation will supersede the Liverpool clinical commissioning group as the largest in the north of England.
Clinical commissioning groups located in Manchester already employ 260 staff, with 70% of these working in joint teams currently.
No word has been announced yet regarding possible cuts to staffing, but the authorities have indicated that efforts will be made to redeploy any staff affected by the merger.
The running cost allowance for the merged CCG will be £12 million in the next financial year, with a possible £1 million being saved as a result of the creation of the new organisation.
The following individuals have also been appointed to executive roles within the new merger:
Joanne Newton – chief finance officer (currently holds joint post across the CCGs).
Ed Dyson – director of planning and operations (currently deputy chief officer at Central Manchester CCG).
David Regan – director of population health and wellbeing (currently director of public health at Manchester City Council).
Craig Harris – executive nurse and director of safeguarding (currently holds joint post across the CCGs).
Manisha Kumar – clinical director (currently clinical director of Central Manchester CCG).
The recruitment of a director of strategic commissioning is ongoing.
The aforementioned Williamson suggested that this is an extremely valuable and innovative project.
“The creation of the single commissioner for the city is really exciting and ground breaking. The detail of the way in which that will be executed is still being finalised, but we’re confident that we’ll have one decision making forum and one board.”
However, there will obviously be concerns about the employment implications of this new organisation.
Nonetheless, a joined-up approach to healthcare in the Manchester region is probably overdue.
Prior to the creation of a clinical commissioning groups in the health and social care act of 2013, Manchester benefited from a solitary primary care trust.