Five clinical commissioning groups in London intend to have a single accountable officer by April 2017.

The sustainability and transformation plan submission published by the north central London footprint said Camden, Barnet, Islington, Haringey and Enfield CCGs have agreed to appoint a shared accountable officer and chief finance officer by April.

In September, HSJ reported that the CCGs were considering a single leadership arrangement but the STP document said the governing bodies of the five CCGs have agreed to the proposal.

The plan said: “The governing bodies of each of the CCGs have agreed to the need for new executive management arrangements including shared roles across the CCGs: an accountable officer; a chief finance officer; a director of strategy; and a director of performance…

“The arrangements will be further considered by governing bodies in November with the expectation that the new leadership will be in place no later than 1 April 2017.”

The CCGs also aim to establish a joint governance committee by April, which will have responsibility for certain elements of commissioning.

According to governing body papers published on 9 November by Enfield CCG, the committee, subject to approval, will have delegated responsibility for acute services including core contracts and other out of sector acute commissioning; learning disability contracting; integrated urgent care, including NHS 111 and GP out of hours services; and specialised services not commissioned by NHS England.

“It is proposed that the joint committee has three independent members (one non-voting independent chair, and two voting clinical independent advisers),” the document said.

The papers also said Islington CCG will act as the host employer for any new shared appointments and suggested that offers for the new shared roles will be made in mid-December.