• Four CCGs plan merger to match Surrey Heartlands ICS border
  • Three of four CCGs already share accountable officer

Four clinical commissioning groups are consulting on plans to create a single organisation covering an integrated care system.

If the plans go ahead, East Surrey, North West Surrey, Guildford and Waverley, and Surrey Downs CCGs – the four CCGs in the Surrey Heartlands ICS – would merge next April. The resulting organisation would cover a population of around 1 million people.

Three of the CCGs have shared a joint accountable officer – Matthew Tait – and executive team for the past two years. The remaining CCG, East Surrey, recently joined the Surrey Heartlands ICS after the reorganisation of Sussex and East Surrey Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

The CCGs said in a statement that merging will allow closer alignment to Surrey County Council, improve support for the development of local care partnerships, and enable more economies of scale. Like all CCGs, they are required by NHS England to reduce management costs by 20 per cent by April 2020.

The individual CCGs are consulting with their local GP practices about a change to their constitutions before taking a decision on applying to NHSE to merge.