The Future of Commissioning in the Black Country and West Birmingham
(from Sandwell & West Birmingham CCG)
Following two listening exercises during late 2019 and early 2020, we are now seeking views on a proposal to change the future of commissioning for the Black Country and West Birmingham and to merge our four CCGs.
Over the past year, we have moved to a shared leadership team and a single Accountable Officer for the four CCGs. We have also taken time to listen to member GPs, partners, patient representative groups and others in exploring how our four CCGs can work more efficiently and effectively across the healthcare system.
Ultimately the decision on whether we merge rests with NHS England but we want to hear your views on this. Your views will be presented to our GP membership before they vote on whether an application to merge is submitted to NHS England in October this year, which could see us become a single Black Country and West Birmingham CCG on the 1 April 2021.
This decision will have an impact on how we operate as commissioners and how we work together with you in the future. We ask that you please take the time to consider our proposal and respond to us with your views by 7 September 2020.
We have developed a Conversation Document that sets out the detail to help you and us to make a fully informed decision. It sets out the reasons why we believe that we would be better placed to serve our local population, and reduce the health inequalities that exist today, as one single strategic commissioner.
To give us your views please complete our online survey at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/nhscommissioning
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Alternatively, to request a hard copy of the conversation document please contact the engagement team on tel: 0121 612 1447 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org