Four clinical commissioning groups in Sussex are to share a single accountable officer as they start working as a “commissioning alliance”.
Adam Doyle, the accountable officer at Brighton and Hove CCG, will take over when the Central Sussex Commissioning Alliance goes live on 2 January 2018. The other CCGs in the alliance are: High Weald Lewes Havens, Crawley, and Horsham and Mid Sussex.
The alliance will be split into north and south, each of which will have a managing director – meaning that no existing CCG accountable officer is left without a role.
Wendy Carberry, accountable officer for High Weald Lewes Havens, will be managing director for the south, while Geraldine Hoban, accountable officer for Crawley and Horsham and Mid Sussex, will become managing director for the north. Other executive posts will be appointed by January but redundancies are not expected.
Mr Doyle is credited with turning round Brighton and Hove CCG, which has gone from being rated inadequate by NHS England to good, and has come out of special measures.
Both Crawley and Horsham and Mid Sussex CCGs are rated as inadequate, while High Weald Lewes Havens is rated good.
The four CCGs’ main acute providers are Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust and Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust. Of the other CCGs in Sussex, Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford, and Hastings and Rother already work closely together, sharing key officers. Coastal West Sussex is a much larger CCG.
East Surrey also commissions from Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust and is considering options for its future. Its governing body papers in October highlighted the risk of not being included in the reorganisations currently taking place in Surrey Heartlands and the Central Sussex Commission Alliance
Brighton and Hove chair David Supple, speaking on behalf of all four CCG chairs, said the new appointments left the CCGs in “a much better position to be able to commission high quality services for our patients that are sustainable”.