New NHS Clinical Commissioning Group in place for Newcastle Gateshead
- Date:01 Apr 2015
- Category: News
A single body is now in place to coordinate the planning and buying of NHS health services in Newcastle and Gateshead, following the completion of a merger of three organisations today.
The new NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), led by local doctors, nurses and health professionals, today replaces the previous NHS Gateshead CCG, NHS Newcastle North and East CCG and NHS Newcastle West CCG.
Dr Guy Pilkington, the new body’s Chair, said: “We have always worked closely together, but as a single organisation we can be even more effective working for patients across Newcastle and Gateshead. This is an important step towards working more efficiently and making the best possible use of NHS resources.
“We do not expect patients or local partners to see any difference in the services they use, as we are building on working arrangements that were already well established under the previous Newcastle Gateshead Alliance.
“Our focus is now on tackling the key issues that affect the whole area, like meeting the challenge of the NHS Five Year Forward View and moving towards co-commissioning of primary care. We are also working towards much closer integration of health services with social care through the Better Care Fund, and improving preventive health care in care homes.”
The new CCG has 65 member practices, with its chair rotating annually between GPs based in Newcastle and Gateshead. The organisation’s first Assistant Clinical Chair is Dr Mark Dornan.
Dr Dornan said: “The three CCGs have achieved a lot in two years, and each has its own strengths and expertise that can benefit the other parts of our new area. By sharing best practice across Newcastle and Gateshead, we can ensure we are well placed to deal with the very real challenges facing the NHS in the coming years.”
The new Newcastle Gateshead CCG’s Chief Officer, Mark Adams, said: “As a fully merged organisation, we will continue to build on the strong partnerships and relationships we have in place, so that we can deliver the best possible care and services for people in Gateshead and Newcastle.”
Clinical Commissioning Groups were set up by the Government in April 2013 to give clinicians a stronger role in planning and buying NHS healthcare services, recognising the detailed local knowledge that comes from their role in the heart of communities.
Further information about the new Clinical Commissioning Group can be found at www.newcastlegatesheadccg.nhs.uk.