CCG merger in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes set to improve health outcomes

CCG merger in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes set to improve health outcomes

The single CCG is set to offer more smooth health care services by making much better use of resources and focusing on collaborative dealing with local authorities to lower health inequalities and enhance outcomes in the location.

Felicity Cox, Accountable Officer for the new NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (BLMK CCG) and Executive Lead for the BLMK Integrated Care System (ICS), said on the day: “Today we introduce the brand-new BLMK CCG, which brings 3 organisations together as one, enabling us to make much better use of our resources, minimize duplication and spread great practice.

On 1st April 2021, a single Scientific Commissioning Group (CCG) responsible for the planning and arrangement of NHS funded healthcare for practically 1 million people entered operation, following the merger of the 3 CCGs in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

” Over the last 18 months, the CCGs have already been working as one team as part of a system-wide effort to respond to the Covid pandemic and support delivery of the biggest vaccination program in the history of the NHS. This experience has demonstrated the genuine benefits that joint working can bring.

At the start of the year, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) set out assistance strengthening that CCG mergers must still go ahead for April 2021 in preparation for ICSs covering the whole of England, with typically one CCG for each ICS.

Dr Sarah Whiteman, a Bedfordshire homeowner and Milton Keynes GP, has actually been appointed Chair.

” As a single CCG we will continue to work more carefully than ever before with our NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and other system partners, to lower health inequalities and improve results for the residents of Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes and the communities we serve. The future is amazing as we seek to build on the structures we have actually laid in the last year.”

” I really think these new methods of working throughout Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes will help us understand our shared vision of improving the health and health and wellbeing of our population. I look forward to working with our new governing body, our communities and locals, staff and partner organisations to make this happen.”

” We know how crucial it is to retain a local focus and strong scientific voice in each place, and we are devoted to this as we look forward towards a more integrated future within the BLMK ICS.

A brand-new Governing Body including GPs, Lay Members and Executive Directors has actually been hired to lead the new organisation.

Dr Edward Sivills has actually been designated Interim BLMK Medical Director. Dean Westcott has likewise been selected as the new Chief Finance Officer and ICS Executive Finance Lead, starting on 1 June 2021.

Dr Whiteman commented: “The creation of the single CCG gives us a real chance to fulfill the broader healthcare needs of our neighborhoods, making use of the greater joint working across health and social care that has actually occurred in action to the pandemic. In establishing our strategies to combine, we engaged with regional people and stakeholders.

Felicity Cox, existing Accountable Officer for the three CCGs, will continue as AO for the new BLMK CCG and Executive Lead for BLMK Integrated Care System.