NHS England/Improvement has given conditional approval to plans for East Surrey CCG and the three Surrey Heartlands CCGs (Guildford and Waverley, North West Surrey and Surrey Downs) to merge from 1st April 2020.

Matthew Tait, as Accountable Officer for the Surrey Heartlands CCGs, will also take on statutory responsibility for East Surrey CCG from 1 November 2019 ahead of the formal merger.  This has received formal confirmation from NHS England CEO Simon Stevens and aims to ensure a sensible lead time in preparing for the 2020/21 financial year. 

The Surrey Heartlands ICS Executive Team will also take on designate responsibilities for East Surrey CCG, including financial responsibility.  This transfer of accountability will be underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding setting out in detail how the statutory duties for East Surrey CCG will continue to be delivered.

Last month also saw the appointment of Sumona Chatterjee as the new Director for the East Surrey Integrated Care Partnership.  Integrated care partnerships (ICPs) bring together local health and care providers including hospitals, community services, mental health services, social care, commissioners and GPs, but importantly also include borough councils and local community and voluntary organisations.

The emerging ICP in this area is based around the SASH pathways and patient flows and not just the East Surrey CCG footprint.  As such it will be important to work into and closely with the West Sussex System.  Sumona will bring the necessary leadership, knowledge and experience to this complex role and help to create the right partnership to maximise health outcomes for local people.

Sumona, who was previously Director of Surrey Wide Services within the ICS, will be central to the continuing development of the East Surrey ICP and takes up her new role from 1st November.