One Clinical Commissioning Group planned for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

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AT the first cluster Board for NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, meeting in Peterborough on Thursday, a decision was made to merge the current clinical Senate for NHS Cambridgeshire and the GP sub-committee for NHS Peterborough to set up a new sub-committee of the joint Board known as the shadow Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body. This is in preparation for the move to one shadow Clinical Commissioning Group covering Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) consist of clinicians working alongside their local communities, to shape health services to meet the needs of patients. CCGs are a major part of NHS reforms empowering clinicians and putting patients at the heart of their local NHS. Both PCTs have worked hard to engage local GPs and clinicians who will continue to improve the health of the populations and services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and address specific health challenges in these areas. The focus for NHS Cambridgeshire and NHS Peterborough remains commissioning services that meet the needs of all the people of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire

Work is now under way to develop the new sub-committee which is expected to be made up of:

* GP members

* A lay member representing patient views

* A lay member to act as chair/vice chair

* Chief Operating Officer/The shadow accountable officer and

* A secondary care clinician and nurse

Dr Sushil Jathanna, Chief Executive of NHS Cambridgeshire and NHS Peterborough clustered Primary Care Trust, said:

“This marks an exciting stage in the development of clinical commissioning for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. There is a lot of work still to be done to establish the new Clinical Commissioning Group from April but having clinicians at the heart of commissioning will ensure that quality services are developed that deliver good outcomes for patients.

“Peterborough and Cambridgeshire both have diverse communities and diverse needs. We work with local authorities to ensure we have a good understanding of local issues and we are committed to tackling health inequalities and commissioning good quality services for all.”

Dr Simon Hambling, Chairman of NHS Cambridgeshire’s GP Senate, said:

“The NHS Cambridgeshire and NHS Peterborough clustered Board decision today signals an important commitment to clinical commissioning for the benefit of patients. The coming months will see us develop the structures and processes of our shadow from April 2012.”

Dr Mike Caskey, Chair of the NHS Peterborough GP Sub-Committee, said:

“The establishment of the shadow CCG representing strong Local Commissioning Groups is good news for the people of Peterborough. Local GPs will be working to plan health services that deliver for the best health outcomes for their patients.”