In the recent Voice survey the main relationship that the sector wanted to develop was with the 2 CCG’s. Over the next 12 months it will be a priority for CVS to work with our colleagues in the CCG to do this.
Many of you will be aware that there are some significant changes planned across Cheshire with the 4 CCG’s working together in the development of a single commissioner and two Integrated Care Partnerships in Cheshire.
Here is a very brief summary of the planned changes.
- The 4 CCG's voted to to work towards creating a single CCG across Cheshire by April 2020. The appointed Clare Watson as the Accountable Officer in January 2019 and she is leading this work currently.
- 2x Integrated Care Partnerships (ICP's) are currently being developed, - these bodies will be coterminus with Cheshire East and Cheshire West local authority areas. The ICP's aim is to integrate care around the populations served and to do this by working in partnership and in some cases pooling budgets with social care and public health.
- There are Care Communities being developed - For a number of years GP practices and community care teams have worked together in "clusters" which serve populations of c. 30,000 to 50,000 people. Building on this foundation, they are committed to developing Care Communities across Cheshire to provide a greater emphasis on supporting self-care and self management of long-term conditions as well as ensuring that specific local issues and priorities are incorporated into the design and delivery of care. The involvement of third sector organisations will be key to this model.
In terms of budgets, the CCG will contract with the ICP which will then sub-contract care communities. In other words – they will have their own budget. It is then for partners to work together and for all public services to consider how best to tailor their care community model to improve the health and care of local people and meet local need.
CVS and Cheshire West Voluntary Action have been involved with the recruitment process for the Accountable Officer and also 2 of the Executive positions who will work closely with the Voluntary Sector.
We are making links with the CCG teams and will keep this section updated. You can also access previous updates/newsletters on the programmes from the CCG here