Isle of Wight CCG merges with other groups across Hampshire and Southampton

Moving from looking after just the Island’s population, the body now covers the healthcare of 1.66 million people

Alison Smith managing director of the Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

The public body who commission healthcare services on the Isle of Wight has joined forces with five other groups across Hampshire and Southampton.

Now forming the NHS Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), it is responsible for ensuring the right health service is provided in the right place and to the highest quality.

Moving from looking after just the Island’s population, the body now covers the healthcare of 1.66 million people.

CCGs across the country plan and buy healthcare services from local hospitals, GPs and other providers.

Agreed in July 2020
The merger was formally agreed between the six groups back in July 2020 when a business case and formal application to NHS England and NHS improvement was made.

The new CCG, came into being at the start of the month.

It hopes all areas can work together more closely across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Changes
Four areas have been highlighted as the focus of the changes:

  • Increasing the focus and support CCGs provide to primary care and the development of primary care networks.
  • Pursue deeper integration of health and care with councils building on existing arrangements
  • Enable each Integrated Care Partnership (the Island is one) to thrive
  • Create a single strategic planning, transformation, resource allocation and assurance function for across the CCG areas.

Working as one big CCG, it hopes, will allow it to overcome complexity, fragmentation and reduce duplication.


This article is from the BBC’s LDRS (Local Democracy Reporter Service) scheme, which OnTheWight is taking part in. Some alterations and additions may have been made by OnTheWight. Ed

Image: Alison Smith managing director of the Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Friday, 30th April, 2021 2:40pm

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9 Comments on "Isle of Wight CCG merges with other groups across Hampshire and Southampton"

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andy

The move is to place all services in the hands of mainland providers. Fire Services, Hospital Services, Police Services, you name it, it’s going to the mainland.

Will the island be forgotten about? We might get a few crumbs from the top table of Mainland bureaucrats, if we are lucky.

chausettes
Andy, I’m putting you in the ‘viewing with suspicion’ crowd (see my unpopular comment below). Anyone looking at our CCG (or who has had dealings with it personally/professionally) will know it’s not fit for purpose as-is. This has been on the cards for some time, since 2017 in fact when NHS England reprimanded the IOW CCG for failing to deliver what was expected. To be frank about… Read more »
Jenny Smart

“ CCGs across the country plan and buy healthcare services from local hospitals, GPs and other providers.”

If you can provide healthcare services cheap enough, then you’ve got the contract!

Rhos yr Alarch

I wonder what the implications are for liaison with the local authority on social care…

uosf9

I see it as tidying up loose ends before it’s sold to the Yanks,don’t forget they already own some of the NHS.
S in NHS means service-I’d hope for better service than that provided by Sandown ‘health’ centre any day,no matter who runs/owns it.

chausettes

I have a feeling this will be viewed with suspicion by many Islanders, but I hope they ultimately welcome this move – the other CCGs involved have a wealth of good experience and I really hope this rubs-off on our own!

pr0f
They may have a wealth of experience but they also have a large mainland population. To think that they even consider our different needs when we make up a tiny proportion of their patients is optimistic to say the least. I doubt they’ll even accept that the Solent is anything more than a pretty blue line on the map. I guess that puts me firmly in the… Read more »
chausettes

You make some interesting assumptions, pr0f. They kind of hint at the ‘Island inferiority complex’ – the different needs aren’t as different as you like to think!