An engagement report has been published, following the recent engagement exercise to gather views on future commissioning arrangements in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West.
Views were invited on three proposals:
- The delivery of more joined up and integrated health and care through three, locally focused Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs) – alliances of NHS and Local Government organisations working together to plan and deliver care through a joint approach
- The streamlining of commissioning arrangements through a single Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – a more strategic organisation to support ICPs and also commission services at scale as appropriate, such as NHS 111 or specialised services
- Changes to the current CCG management arrangements to create a single Accountable Officer and Integrated Care Service (ICS) Executive Lead role, supported by a shared management team working across the Buckinghamshire Oxfordshire and Berkshire West CCGs
Engagement activity was carried out at place level within Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West (BOB) to gather the views on the proposals for the future of commissioning arrangements within BOB.
A BOB ICS survey on the future NHS commissioning arrangements was also made available through the platform Survey Monkey and was open for comment between the 10th of October 2019 and the 1st of December 2019.
Feedback was received through several channels including the survey, emails and letters from a numerous stakeholders including members of the public, NHS organisations, Health and Social Care Organisations and NHS Staff.
A wide range of responses and views were received. All feedback received will be taken into consideration as leaders within the BOB ICS develop proposals.
A full engagement report has been produced and is available on the BOB ICS website. Also available is the Board paper which is being considered by the three CCG Governing Bodies in January. The paper contains much of the content of the engagement report, includes summary of local engagement activities during the engagement period, a table setting out mitigating actions to address feedback relating to the proposed joint AO/ICS post, and the draft job description for this role.
In turn, the next steps regarding a possible single CCG will be informed by the views given to us – we expect Governing Bodies to consider any proposals about future CCG configuration in early 2020. Any options for future CCG configuration would be subject to consultation with CCG members later in 2020.