A single clinical commissioning group for Kent and Medway

Page updated: 21 October 2019

The eight clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Kent and Medway have been given conditional approval to merge to form a single CCG.

The decision by NHS England and NHS Improvement (announced on 21 Oct 2019) means that from 1 April 2020, subject to the conditions being met, there will be one clinical commissioning group for Kent and Medway.

This is a first step towards Kent and Medway becoming an integrated care system, with health and care organisations working together much more closely than in the past.

We strongly believe this will improve the quality of life and quality of care for our patients, and will help people to live their best life.

The decision was taken by the GP members of each CCG, and supported by the governing bodies.

Thank you to everyone who provided comments either at meetings or through surveys. The proposal was significantly improved as the result of discussions and a period of engagement with patients and members of the public, GPs, the Local Medical Committee, staff, both the Kent and the Medway Health Overview Scrutiny Committees, local MPs, NHS and local authority colleagues across Kent and Medway and other parties.

Engagement has gathered views from a range of stakeholders and via a range of methods, for example through an online survey, face-to-face meetings, correspondence, briefings and discussions.

You can read our  You said, we did engagement report (251 downloads)  which talks about the views gathered and how they have been considered as we have developed our application for NHS England.

One of the strong themes we have heard in our discussions is the need to make sure that local people and GPs will still have a voice in the single Kent and Medway CCG, and that we recognise that different localities across the county have different needs.

We know some things are better planned once at scale across Kent and Medway, other issues need to be dealt with locally. That’s why we are supporting the development of ‘primary care networks’ and ‘integrated care partnerships’ that will work hand-in-hand with the single CCG and will work in localities focused on the particular needs of our different communities and populations.

For more information please visit www.kentandmedway.nhs.uk/ics