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Derbyshire's Clinical Commissioning Group's merge

It'll come into fruition from April.

Patients across Derby and Derbyshire will have one organisation planning, monitoring, and
paying for health services following the merger of four NHS clinical commissioning groups.

The new NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group becomes official 1 April
after NHS England signed off the merger of Erewash, Hardwick, North Derbyshire and
Southern Derbyshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups.

This strategic commissioning body will cover 116 city and county GP practices, serving a total
population of 1,053,000, with a CCG staff of approximately 450 people.

Dr Chris Clayton, Chief Executive Officer of Derbyshire’s Clinical Commissioning Groups
since October 2017, has overseen the merger which NHS England gave final approval for this
week.

Dr Clayton said: “Transforming four organisations into one while continuing to develop and
improve health services for Derbyshire people has only been possible thanks to continued
commitment and effort of CCG staff at all levels.

“Our focus is always the patient and ongoing hard work of staff is driven by our shared goal of
making sure planning and partnership working results in high quality NHS services for
Derbyshire residents.

“There was lots of excellent practice across the four separate CCGs but working in
geographical silos limited the way we could operate to benefit patients.

“We’re taking the strengths and skills from all CCGs and using these to improve services for
patients, reduce avoidable duplication and save time and resources.

“We’re planning to build on these strengths to embrace new and insightful ways of working
with partner providers, local government and other community organisations to transform
services and improve patient health as outlined in NHS England’s Long Term Plan earlier this
year.”

The four current CCGs continue to operate as separate organisations until 31 March.

Prior to merging staff increasingly worked in joint teams and a new organisation structure,
single senior leadership team and governing body was established for the CCG, which has
bases at Toll Bar House in Ilkeston, Scarsdale Hospital in Chesterfield and Cardinal Square in
Derby.

Staff affected by the restructure have been redeployed into new roles wherever possible and
teams have been reorganised to streamline functions and reduce any duplication of work.

Derbyshire CCGs collectively met the target of saving £44m in 2018/19 to attract NHS
England Commissioner Sustainability Fund (CSF) cash to make sure the new organisation
starts the coming financial year in a stronger position.

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