The leader of an outstanding clinical commissioning group is to become the chief officer of its struggling neighbour.
Newcastle Gateshead CCG, which was rated outstanding by NHS England in July, and North Tyneside CCG announced today they will enter into a joint management arrangement from April.
Newcastle Gateshead chief officer Mark Adams will take the same role at North Tyneside, but both CCGs will remain independent, statutory organisations.
North Tyneside was one of nine CCGs put into financial special measures last July. At the time, NHS England and NHS Improvement said the CCG should “review its governance, to act on the findings of the review and implement a financial recovery plan”.
The CCG’s permanent chief officer Maurya Cushlow left last February and was succeeded by interim chief officer Janet Soo-Chung.
The CCG was also rated inadequate by NHS England as part of a new annual ratings system, while Newcastle Gateshead was judged as outstanding.
A statement from the CCGs said they had been “considering the opportunities and challenges” of a joint management arrangement for the past few months.
Mr Adams said: “Having shared management arrangements in place will mean that we can all gain economies of scale as we commission from the same set of providers.
“We also think we can share innovation between us and there will be more opportunities to create services that will benefit patients.
“This change is focused on a joint management structure and patients and the public should not notice any difference in service provision.”
The joint management arrangement will be kept under review.
11 January 2017