CCGs to merge

The five NHS clinical commissioning groups in Norfolk and Waveney have been given full authorisation to merge. This means the new CCG, NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group, will be launched as planned on 1 April 2020.

The five current CCGs serve West Norfolk, North Norfolk, South Norfolk, Norwich and Great Yarmouth and Waveney. They came into existence in April 2013, replacing the former Primary Care Trusts. CCGs are responsible for planning local NHS services and holding contracts with organisations such as hospitals that provide direct patient care.
Last year the five CCGs in Norfolk and Waveney decided to come together as one and engaged with member practices, local partners and members of the public before applying to merge.

The Chair of the new CCG, Dr Anoop Dhesi, is a GP in Stalham. He said: “Our new CCG will hit the ground running with an inheritance of excellent commissioning projects bearing fruit such as online consultation websites for our GP practices, Network Escalation Avoidance Teams which help people remain safely at home when they become poorly, and a future of transformation work with partners in the Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care Partnership (STP).

“We would like to thank our member GP practices for their support and we would like to thank our CCG staff for their commitment and hard work during a time of considerable change.”

The CCG’s new website will go live on 1 April and the existing five will redirect visitors to the new site. The web address will be www.norfolkandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk. It is not live yet.

The new Governing Body of NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG will meet at King’s Lynn Town Hall on Wednesday 1 April. The CCG is planning a patient / public event in the morning from 9.30-11.30 during which we will showcase some of the work currently being done by our CCG, plus stands from some of our partners. The first Governing Body meeting takes place in public from 1.30pm. All welcome.

Whilst the CCGs have appointed most lay members to the new Governing Body, the role of Lay Member (Primary Care) is re-advertised at https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/915992073, closing at 5pm on Monday 16 March.