NHS England has been working with NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to strengthen its governance and leadership, and to address its financial deficit. Despite significant support Shropshire CCG’s financial position is forecast to show a further deterioration in the final quarter of 15/16.
To ensure Shropshire CCG fulfils its duties NHS England (under its statutory name of the NHS Commissioning Board) has today formally issued it with “Directions”. The full Directions can be found by following this link:
In response to the Directions, and the unsuccessful recruitment to the Accountable Officer vacancy, Mr David Evans, Accountable Officer, NHS Telford and Wrekin CCG has been appointed as the substantive Accountable Officer for both NHS Shropshire and NHS Telford and Wrekin CCGs.
Both NHS Shropshire and NHS Telford and Wrekin CCGs will remain as separate statutory organisations with their own Governing Bodies.
NHS England has authorised Mr Evans to review and develop a joint management team to support both organisations over the coming weeks.
Although this may create initial uncertainty, the long term benefits of having a joint team will maximise use of resources, commissioning capacity and expertise to ensure that we continue to commission high quality services for the patients of Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.
Dr Julian Povey, Chair NHS Shropshire CCG, commented that he welcomed the opportunity to work with Mr David Evans, and Dr Jo Leahy the new Chair at NHS Telford and Wrekin to continue to commission safe, sustainable health services now and in the future.
Dr Michael Innes, outgoing Chair of NHS Telford and Wrekin recognised the challenges that Shropshire CCG faced and acknowledged the mutual benefits of having shared management capacity and expertise to ensure both CCGs effectively discharge their statutory functions. He observed that shared management teams across two CCGs had been in place around the country, including in the West Midlands, very successfully for some years, so this situation is not that unusual.
Mrs Brigid Stacey, Interim Accountable Officer, NHS Shropshire CCG, will return to NHS England (North Midlands), over the coming months following a successful handover.