Black Country and West Birmingham CCGs apply to merge in a bid to improve patient care

Black Country and West Birmingham CCGs apply to merge in a bid to improve patient care

At a Governing Bodies in Common conference for the four Black Country and West Birmingham (BCWB) CCGs members voted to proceed with a formal application to NHS England and Improvement to combine in April 2021.

It follows a merger proposition from the 4 groups in July 2020, with NHS Dudley CCG saying that becoming a single CCG would assist them deliver on their pledges of enhancing the health and wellbeing of citizens across the Black Country and West Birmingham.

Governing Body members for four Black Country and West Birmingham Scientific Commissioning Groups (CCGs)– Dudley, Walsall, Sandwell & & West Birmingham, and Wolverhampton– have actually consented to apply to combine their CCGs to turn into one.

The result of this vote, together with the information from the stakeholder engagement, was discussed at the Governing Bodies in Common conference to notify their decision regarding whether to proceed with a merger application.

Previously this month, the GP Members from all 4 CCGs took part in an independent vote performed by Civica Election Services. The vote followed nearly a year of engagement with GP Members, staff, stakeholders and the public exploring how the 4 CCGs might potentially work more efficiently and successfully across the health care system if they worked as one, with 5 clearly defined places within.

Paul Maubach, Chief Executive Officer for the Black Country and West Birmingham CCGs, stated: “Im actually happy that we can continue to interact but in a more cohesive way and, in doing so, we can protect the very best healthcare for our population across the Black Country and West Birmingham.”

The four CCGs will now work with NHSE/I to finish their merger application in full, all set for approval to become one CCG in April 2021.

Each CCG reported substantial engagement in the vote, with 98 percent of BCWB practices voting and 90 percent of those who voted agreeing with the proposition to merge.