In June this year the Governing Bodies of all four CCGs (East Surrey, Guildford & Waverley, North West Surrey and Surrey Downs) agreed to explore a potential merger to create one commissioning organisation across Surrey Heartlands from April 2020. Following extensive engagement over the past few months, member practices have now voted on whether they approve a new Constitution for the proposed CCG.
There has been a high degree of support demonstrated across the four memberships, with almost 80% voting in favour and the CCGs will be submitting their application to NHS England/Improvement as planned by the 30th September.
The next stage of the process will be an NHS England/Improvement assurance panel, currently scheduled for 8th October. If successful the new organisation would be formed from 1st April 2020.