Expression of interest to create a single clinical commissioning organisation for Leeds

The three Leeds CCGs recently undertook a review called ‘One Voice’, to explore a single approach for commissioning health and care services in Leeds.

Our aim is to streamline the way we work, find ways to share some functions, and make commissioning easier to understand and simpler for health and care providers, and this partnership working is now making good progress.  

At the CCGs’ Leeds Health Commissioning and System Integration Board meeting (26 July), and the Governing Bodies meeting (2 August it was agreed and approved that an expression of interest be made to NHS England to create a single commissioning organisation for Leeds to take effect from 1 April 2018. It is important to note that this does not commit the CCGs to create a new organisation and there would be an option to withdraw the application if required.

However, the Governing Bodies feels that having a single commissioning organisation in Leeds will bring greater benefits to patients by joining up planning, and following the ‘One Voice’ transitional governance arrangements approved by the CCGs’ member practices and NHS England, and the transitional leadership arrangements that are now in place, the next natural step is an application to formally create a single commissioning organisation for Leeds.

The expression of interest is to be submitted by 31 August as we are working to NHS England’s nationally mandated timescales. Consistent with the NHS 2006 Act and the Regulations, NHS England will take into account the following five factors:  

Coterminosity (having the same boundary) with local authorities - it is presumed favourable that a CCG is coterminous with one or more upper-tier or unitary local authorities.
Clinically-led - how the CCG will remain clinically led including how members will continue to participate in decision making.
Financial management - the financial arrangements and controls for proper stewardship and accountability for public financial funds.
Arrangements with other CCGs - appropriate arrangements with other CCGs, for example lead commissioning arrangements.
Commissioning support - whether the new CCG has good arrangements for commissioning support    

NHS England requires the CCGs to demonstrate support from the CCGs’ member practices and stakeholders such as MPs, councillors and NHS providers.   However we are also promoting a short online survey to the wider public and welcome your views. You can find the link here:   

Closing date for replies is Friday 25 August.