The Governing Bodies of NHS Greater Huddersfield and NHS North Kirklees CCGs have agreed to support the submission of an application to NHS England to dissolve the two organisations and create a single CCG for Kirklees.

The decision was taken today (25 November) at a meeting held in public.

Chief Officer Carol McKenna said, “Becoming one CCG is the next logical step for us and the best way to support the needs of our population into the future.    Having the same boundary as Kirklees Council, will make it easier for us to work together to improve health and social care services for local people.”

As part of the process of bringing the two organisations together, the CCGs will undertake a public engagement exercise with feedback being used to inform and support the formation of the new organisation.

The CCGs have been working closely together for some years and share a Chief Officer and senior management team.  Most staff work across both organisations and last year moved into shared headquarters in Huddersfield.  The CCGs have a single commissioning strategy and hold their Governing Body and most committee meetings in the same place, at the same time.

The decision to create a single CCG for Kirklees was supported by the GP membership of both organisations.

The move will not result in any change to local health services or impact directly on patients, their families or carers.

The CCGs will make an application to NHS England to become a single organisation from 1 April 2021.  A decision is expected before the end of 2020.