Proposals for a single management team for the five CCGs in Norfolk and Waveney

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Proposals for a single management team for the five CCGs in Norfolk and Waveney

Briefing to staff, STP leadership colleagues and partner organisations

The five CCGs in Norfolk and Waveney have decided to appoint a single Accountable Officer and create one ‘joint executive team’ structure for Norfolk and Waveney. A proposal to formally approve this will be made to each of the CCG’s Governing Bodies when they meet in public in November.

This is not a proposal for a merger; the CCGs would remain statutory bodies with their own identities and local focus. Governing Bodies have also made clear there must be senior executive staff within each CCG whose role will be to ensure local clinical commissioning remains the cornerstone of our work.

All the people who work in our CCGs are valued, and we are committed to putting a fair and transparent HR process in place for everyone involved. It has been agreed by all of the CCGs to engage the services of the Arden and GEM CSU HR team to look after this.

It is anticipated the Chief Officer (Accountable Officer) of the 5 CCGs would also be the Executive Lead for the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). The STP is the partnership of 13 NHS and social care organisations in Norfolk and Waveney.

The work will be undertaken in 3 phases with ‘Phase 1’ concentrating on the appointment of a Joint Accountable Officer and a Joint Chief Finance Officer. External candidates would also be invited to apply for the roles as it is a significant change to existing circumstances. It would be realistic to expect Phase One to be completed in early 2019.

When these two key posts have been appointed to, Phase 2 will commence to look at establishing the joint executive team and Directorate structures. Phase 3 will then look at developing these structures further and ensuring that we have the right people in the right place to ensure that we have a staffing structure that is fit for the future.

There will also be a parallel requirement to develop a governance framework that will underpin strong local leadership.

A single management team with two Governing Bodies is already successfully in place in North and South Norfolk. We can draw on their learnings to ensure the five CCGs will provide greater coherence, consistency and efficiency whilst also focusing on the priorities of the five Norfolk and Waveney localities. The CCGs also already work ‘as one’ via the Joint Strategic Commissioning Committee, where it makes more sense to make one decision rather than five when appropriate.