Lifting of legal directions at Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group

Tuesday 2nd July, 2019

NHS England have recognised the significant improvement made at Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) by lifting the legal directions that have been in place since 2017.

The CCG has made improvements in the governance, capability, capacity and leadership of the organisation and NHS England praised the CCG for the “consistent and confident delivery over the past year.”

The CCG was placed in legal directions in March 2017, which focused on four key areas:

  • Production and implementation of an action plan following a capability and capacity review;
  • Notify and involve NHS England in the recruitment of any Executive level and next tier appointments;
  • Completion of a governance review and production and implementation of an Action Plan following the review;
  • Development and implementation of a credible Financial Recovery Plan.

Legal directions means a CCG is given additional support by NHS England and has less control over the decisions and the work it carries out.

The lifting of directions comes just 15 months after Adam Doyle took over the leadership of the organisation. He has been working as a shared Chief Executive with the other seven CCGs across Sussex and East Surrey since January.

Gill Galliano, Interim Lay Chair, said:

“This is extremely positive for our CCG and will put us in a stronger position to work more effectively and address the challenges we face in the future.

It is recognition of the hard work and improvements that have been made and is a clear endorsement of the collaborative way in which we have been working with our CCG partners across the system. Under Adam’s leadership, we have seen improved grip, rigour and clear ways of working and we are confident that we can continue the progress we have made.”

Adam Doyle said:

“It is very pleasing that NHS England have recognised the significant improvements we have made across the CCG. It reflects the hard work and support of our staff, Governing Body members, GP membership and our system partners. We still have a way to go to get to where we want to be, but it is another significant step in the right direction on the improvement journey we are on.”

How to contact the communications team

You can reach our communication team by:

  • Calling – 01903 707447
  • Emailing –
  • Writing to – Communications Team, NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG, 1 The Causeway, Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN12 6BT