Creating a single clinical commissioning group for Kirklees

Creating a single clinical commissioning group for Kirklees

NHS North Kirklees and NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups intend to merge and create a single clinical commissioning group for Kirklees from April 2021. As part of the process, we are seeking views from the general public, patients and key stakeholders.

What would you like my views about?

We are seeking your views about the creation of a single commissioning organisation for Kirklees. The feedback we receive will be used to inform and support the setting up of a new commissioning organisation.

How can I have my say?

a) Read the engagement document:

b) Complete the online survey or use the accessible word version to give your feedback:

c) Take part in a discussion group. These are being held online via Microsoft Teams on:

  • Wednesday 13 January at 2pm – 3pm
  • Wednesday 20 January at 1pm – 2pm

Please email nkccg.nkghengagement@nhs.net letting us know which date you would prefer to attend, your name, email address and if you will be attending on behalf of an organisation.  Please book early as places will be limited.

Alternative formats

If you would like a printed copy of the document or survey, or require this information in an alternative format, please call the engagement team on 01484 464 000 or email nkccg.nkghengagement@nhs.net

Engagement closing date

Closing date for feedback is Sunday 31 January 2021.

Why are we making this change?

The NHS Long Term Plan says that CCGs need to become leaner, more strategic organisations. A single CCG in Kirklees supports this direction of travel and will help us to deliver the priorities set out in the plan.

Having the same boundary as Kirklees Council, will make it easier to join up health and social care services.

As two separate organisations we have different budgets and financial pressures. Continuing as separate CCGs means our decisions could lead to an increase in health inequalities. As a single organisation, we will be able to tackle inequality and ensure people get the same access to care, wherever they live.

By working as one CCG, we will be able to reduce duplication even further and focus our resources on things that have the most impact on local health services.

As a single voice for the NHS in Kirklees, we will be able to make a stronger case for national and regional investment that can be used to improve services.

Many CCGs across England have already taken a decision to merge, e.g. in Leeds, Bradford, and North Yorkshire. In Kirklees, we have been considering a merger for some time and believe this is the right thing to do for our population.

Will this impact on local patients or health services?

The creation of a single CCG for Kirklees won’t result in changes to local NHS services or impact directly on patients, their families or carers.

Our priority will continue to be better care and improved outcomes for our population. We will carry on working with our partners to develop services that meet the needs of local people in Kirklees.

As individual CCGs we have worked hard to develop and maintain relationships with patients, communities and organisations and to put local people’s views and experiences at the heart of decision making. As a single organisation, we will continue to build on these relationships, strengthen collaborative working, and meet our statutory duty in relation to involving patients.