• Portsmouth CCG to share AO role with Portsmouth City Council
  • Move is part of plans to bring organisations closer together
  • Joint finance role also set to be created 

A clinical commissioning group is set to be led by its local authority’s chief executive under plans to better integrate health and care services.

This month, commissioners and councillors in Portsmouth discussed merging the city council’s CEO job, which is held by David Williams, with the city CCG’s accountable officer role.

According to the council’s board papers, the organisations also plan to create a joint finance role, whose post-holder will report to both bodies’ chief finance officers. Further work will be conducted to identify other roles in the CCG and council finance teams which could be “redefined with joint responsibilities, using existing roles to create joint capacity”.

The proposals come after the CCG and council created a shared clinical record, which is available to NHS and social care staff and integrated domiciliary care teams to help people return home after a stay in hospital.

According to the CCG, bringing the organisations closer together means local resource, knowledge and expertise can be better combined for the population.

Linda Collie, the CCG’s accountable officer, said: “Ultimately, our total focus must be on meeting the needs of people using services in Portsmouth, and the changes we have been making – and are now proposing – are designed to do just that.

“The CCG has always maintained a strong clinical voice at the heart of the decision-making process, and we believe these recommendations will continue that and enhance our effectiveness.”

If the plans are agreed by all the relevant local organisations, approval will then be sought from NHS England before the proposals are carried out.

Recent years have seen a smattering of council chief executives take over the local CCG’s leadership role, including in Tameside and Glossop, and Bury. Wigan also used to have a joint leadership model, although this has reverted back to separate roles since the holder of the dual role, Donna Hall, retired

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