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NHS England approves merger to create largest CCG in England

The three Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have received confirmation that NHS England has approved the CCGs’ application to create a single CCG for Birmingham and Solihull, from April 2018. This approval is in principle, subject to a number of conditions.

These conditions include the approval of the new CCG’s constitution; the appointment of a Chair, Accountable Officer and Chief Finance Officer; and ensuring that all statutory roles are in place, including that the new Governing Body is correctly constituted, and that a new staffing structure is identified.

Further to the conditions set out above, joint commissioning arrangements be confirmed, as well as single commissioning and financial strategies produced, prior to final authorisation being confirmed.

Subject to the successful completion of the conditions and actions above, the new organisation will be known as NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group.

The CCGs formally applied to NHS England to merge after a six week public consultation earlier this year, which showed overwhelming support for a full merger.

Paul Jennings, Interim Chief Executive of the NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCGs said:

“This is an exciting time for the NHS in Birmingham and Solihull. The approval in principle from NHS England provides greater clarity for our patients, staff and partners, and even more momentum to ensure a smooth and successful transition to our new CCG, which will be the largest in England.

“I am very happy to say that we have already made significant progress on many of the conditions and actions set out by NHS England, thanks to the hard work and dedication of many CCG staff; there is however more work still to do.

“The new CCG will help to deliver the best possible outcomes for local people; tackling health inequalities and meeting the health and wellbeing needs of a diverse population.”

For more information about the public consultation, view the consulatations and surveys page