STRUCTURE: The two emerging clinical commissioning groups in Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees PCTs have merged into one.
Both PCTs previously had a single emerging CCG. An NHS Tees PCT Cluster board paper says CCG GP leads across Tees - which also includes Redcar and Cleveland and Middlesbrough PCTs - looked at three options.
They were: Four individual CCGs, co-terminous with each local authority; one CCG across the whole of Tees, with localities co-terminous with each local authority; and two CCGs for Tees (one north - covering Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees PCTs; and one south - covering Redcar and Cleveland and Middlesbrough PCTs), but again with localities co-terminous with the respective Local Authorities.
They decided on the final option of two CCGs covering the whole of Tees. The reasons given were:
- Strong support of GPs therefore a high probability of strong clinical engagement in future commissioning;
- Significant administrative and general running cost savings (for example single set of executive officers, one set of audit fees and fewer non-executives);
- Stronger risk management arrangements especially for the commissioning budget;
- Localities within the CCGs with significant devolved decision making powers and with very clear lines of accountability to their respective HWBBs;
- Opportunities to work collaboratively across the south of Tees on common pathways of care into and out of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust