East Surrey partners became part of the Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System (ICS) in July 2019. At the same time, East Surrey CCG and the three Surrey Heartlands CCGs (Guildford and Waverley, North West Surrey and Surrey Downs) have been developing plans to merge from 1 April 2020. We have now received conditional approval from NHS England/Improvement to proceed with creating a new organisation.
Ahead of the formal merger, the statutory accountability for East Surrey CCG transfers from the Chief Executive for Sussex CCGs to the Joint Accountable Officer for Surrey Heartlands CCGs, Matthew Tait, from today (1 November 2019). This has received formal confirmation from NHS England CEO Simon Stevens and will ensure a sensible lead time in preparing for the 2020/21 financial year.
Matthew will be supported in his leadership by the Surrey Heartlands CCGs Executive Team, who will also take on designate responsibilities for East Surrey CCG, including financial responsibility. This transfer of accountability will be underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding setting out in detail how the statutory duties for East Surrey CCG will continue to be delivered.
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