- CEO will oversee Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCGs
- CCGs will share a broader management team
- No plans as of yet for a formal merger
Three clinical commissioning groups in the South West have appointed a single chief executive, who will also lead their sustainability and transformation partnership.
Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCGs will be led jointly by Tracey Cox. Ms Cox is already accountable officer for the Bath and North East Somerset CCG and interim senior responsible officer for the STP.
The CCGs will also share a broader management team, although a CCG spokesman said the structure of the team has yet to be decided.
No decision has been made as to whether Ms Cox’s appointment will lead to a full merger of the three CCGs, with the focus initially on streamlining decision making and using collective resources more efficiently, he said.
Ms Cox said: “With our local health and care system facing unprecedented demand and financial pressures, it’s now more important than ever before that health and care providers work in a joined up and seamlessly integrated manner.”
She said the CCGs would continue to pursue their existing separate plans for local integration as well as collaborate across the region “where it makes sense”.
Councillor Jerry Wickham, who chairs the STP, said: “Tracey has been appointed to oversee closer integration of health and care services across our region. It is only through working together as a truly integrated system that we will be able to help people to stay well, act early to prevent ill health and, where care is needed, make sure it is delivered in a joined-up way.”
The Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire STP covers 930,000 people and, in 2016, estimated a £300m funding gap would arise by 2020-21 if local health services did not make changes. All three CCGs were all rated “good” by NHS England last year.