NHS Greater Huddersfield and NHS North Kirklees CCGs have today launched an eight week long public engagement to inform and support the formation of a single CCG for Kirklees.
The CCGs have received conditional approval from NHS England to become a single, merged organisation on 1 April 2021.
The two organisations have been working closely together for some years and share a Chief Officer and senior management team. Most staff work across both CCGs and last December moved into shared headquarters in Huddersfield. The CCGs have a single commissioning strategy and hold Governing Body and most committee meetings in the same place, at the same time.
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. A new commissioning organisation won’t simply be a bigger version of what we have now. This is an opportunity for local people, patients and other stakeholders to have their say.”
Members of the public can get involved by completing a short survey. The CCGs are also holding two stakeholder events. More details about the merger and how to have your say are on the North Kirklees and Greater Huddersfield CCG websites.
The creation of a single CCG for Kirklees will not result in any change to local health services or impact directly on patients, their families or carers.
NHS England and NHS Improvement have recently invited views about potential future changes to CCGs.