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Two north east CCGs to merge management structures

Two north east CCGs to merge management structures

Two CCGs are to come under a joint management arrangement from April 2017
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Two CCGs are to come under a joint management arrangement from April 2017.

Newcastle Gateshead CCG and North Tyneside CCG will share a chief officer in Mark Adams, who is currently the chief officer for Newcastle Gateshead CCG.

In a statement the CCGs said they have been “considering the opportunities and challenges” of the arrangements “over the past few months”.

Last year, North Tyneside was put into special measures by NHS England, which suggested that the CCG “review its governance, to act on the findings of the review and implement a financial recovery plan”.

Newcastle Gateshead CCG however was rated as outstanding.

Despite sharing management roles, the arrangement will see CCGs remain separate statutory organisations, which will be kept under review.

Adams said: “Having shared management arrangements in place will mean that we can all gain economies of scale, as both CCGs commission services from many of the same providers of care services.

“This means there is potential to spend NHS resources more effectively, minimise costs and work more efficiently across a number of business areas.

He added that the CCGs “have a lot of experience of joint working between different areas”.

Adams said the changes will help to plan services more effectively as “patients often travel between the two areas to get the treatment they need”.

He said: “This change is focused on our management arrangements, and patients should not notice any difference in service provision.”

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