Three clinical commissioning groups in Coventry and Warwickshire are to draw up a joint five-year strategic plan for their health economy.

Coventry and Rugby, South Warwickshire and Warwickshire North CCGs will work with Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council to create a “unit of planning”.

The five organisations aim to fuse the strategic plans of the CCGs with their better care fund plans to create a five-year strategic plan for submission to NHS England by the end of May.

Papers from Coventry and Rugby CCG’s governing body meeting in March say that the decision to submit a joint plan “recognises the commonality of a number of [the CCGs] redesign schemes and the need to plan hospital services across a wider geographic area”.

The papers identify “acute services reconfiguration” as one of the key challenges facings its health economy.

The papers add that “further centralisation of certain specialities will be required in order to meet… workforce challenges” and that acute providers in the region “need to work together as a system” to address “significant financial challenges”.

Last month it was announced that a tender process for the running of George Eliot Hospital Trust was to be abandoned.