Group which commissions health services in our area to form an alliance

The High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group, which plans and buys primary health services in our area, has formed an alliance with three adjoining Groups in Sussex, in order to improve their effectiveness and efficiency.

The new NHS Central Sussex Commissioning Alliance, consisting of “Brighton & Hove”, “High Weald Lewes Havens”, “Crawley” and “Horsham & Mid Sussex”, will start on 2nd January.  The four CCGs will have a single exectutive leadership team, which will act as a single point of leadership, but the organisations are not merging and each Governing Body will remain accountable for healthcare commissioning for their local populations.

Adam Doyle (pictured) has just been appointed Accountable Officer for the four Clinical Commissioning Groups that will make up the Alliance.  Mr Doyle has been Accountable Officer of Brighton and Hove CCG for the last 12 months and under his leadership the organisation has gone from being one of the worst performing in the country to one of the most improved.

Wendy Carberry, Accountable Officer for High Weald Lewes Havens CCG, has been appointed as Managing Director for the ‘south place’; while Geraldine Hoban, Accountable Officer for Horsham & Mid Sussex has been selected as Managing Director of the ‘north place’, covering Crawley and Horsham & Mid Sussex CCGs.

Other positions that will make up the executive team will be appointed over the next two months, after which the CCGs will be looking at how they can work more closely together to share resources and back office functions.

Speaking on behalf of all the CCG Chairs, Brighton and Hove CCG Clinical Chair Dr David Supple said:

The Governing Bodies of all the CCGs have recognised that we now have the opportunity to work closer together as an Alliance that will allow us to better share best practice and expertise, streamline processes and stop duplication, make better use of the limited specialist skills and talent and free up local teams to allow them to focus on improving and transforming services.  This will be better for our organisations, better for our staff and, most importantly, better for our patients and populations.”

Felicity Cox, NHS England’s Director of Commissioning Operations in the South East, said:

We fully support the formation of the Central Sussex Commissioning Alliance.  A number of CCGs across the country are working together in this way and this will enable more consistent and effective commissioning over a large area, while also keeping a focus on local services.  We are confident that, with Adam as Accountable Officer, there is the leadership in place to take this Alliance forward successfully.

The other roles of the new executive team will include a Chief Finance Officer, Strategic Director of Transformation, Director of Corporate Affairs and a Programme Director.  They will be supported by the Sussex-wide commissioning roles that already exist – Chief Nurse and Strategic Director of Contracting and Performance.

Another Alliance – East Sussex Better Together – is made up of “Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG”, “Hastings and Rother CCG”, “East Sussex County Council”, “East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust” and associate partner “Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust”.

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