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Find out more about plans to reform health commissioning in Sussex and East Surrey

Friday 28th June, 2019

Sussex and East Surrey CCGs

The NHS Long Term Plan outlines how the NHS will change in the future, including a fundamental shift in how CCGs will work and how future commissioning will be carried out.

We are currently discussing with our CCG Governing Bodies what the future of commissioning arrangements should look like across Sussex and East Surrey to bring the most benefits for our populations.

This includes proposals to merge our organisations into new commissioning bodies in line with the footprints of the local authority boundaries across Sussex and Surrey. This involves:

  • Coastal West Sussex, Crawley and Horsham and Mid Sussex CCGs merging to become one CCG for West Sussex;
  • High Weald Lewes Havens, Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford and Hastings and Rother CCGs merging to become one CCG for East Sussex;
  • Brighton and Hove remaining as a single CCG but, due to its relatively small size, it will be proposed it works closely with the CCGs in East Sussex, through joint committees and teams.
  • East Surrey CCG formally integrating with the Surrey Integrated Care System and no longer working within the management structure of our CCGs.

The reason any potential merger involving Brighton and Hove CCG is not being considered is because the organisation is already co-terminus with the local authority and this way of working has greater potential benefits for our population than a merger with other CCGs would.

These proposals will enable services to be commissioned in an integrated way with the local authorities of Sussex and Surrey, which will enable us to commission more effectively and efficiently for local populations across established and recognisable footprints, and will also enable us to commission and plan strategically across a wider footprint.

This also supports the move towards “Integrated Care Systems”  and “Population Health Commissioning”, with greater focus on prevention and outcomes rather than episodes of sickness and illness.

The new CCG configuration of Sussex will be run and overseen by a single strategic commissioner management structure and supporting functions that will form part of the Integrated Care System (ICS) for Sussex.

The proposed changes are going to Governing Bodies following months of discussion between the Clinical Chairs, Governing Bodies, local authorities and providers.

Find out more and have your say

We have planned a number of discussion sessions across Sussex, where you will be able to hear about these changes from our Clinical and Commissioning Leads, ask questions and make suggestions for our aim of working more collaboratively with our partners.

If you cannot attend, please do let us know if you would like someone to come to your organisation or group to talk through the changes.

If you have any questions, please contact us: hwlhccg.engagement@nhs.net

How to contact the communications team

You can reach our communication team by:

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