NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group
NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group
NHS Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group
NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Together Across Cheshire
committed to regularly updating you regarding the progress of the
work identified to support the development of a single
commissioner and two Integrated Care Partnerships in Cheshire.
Our ambition is to deliver these updates on a regular basis to
help to keep you informed about progress.
Together Across Cheshire programme
The Working Together Across
Cheshire programme will deliver future CCG working arrangements
across the county, in consultation with GP memberships and
alignment with the development of ICPs in Cheshire West and
Cheshire East. We will prioritise engagement with our GP
memberships, staff, stakeholders and the public as this work
with Executive Directors affected by plans to appoint to the
new Executive structure now complete. A proposed structure
for a new single executive team has been shared with CCG
staff and a recruitment process is now underway.
deadline for the submission of a potential application to
merge the Cheshire CCGs to NHS England has been pushed back.
Subject to the agreement of the memberships any application
is now likely to be submitted at the end of September 2019.
Further work is being undertaken to understand the full
impact of this.
Cheshire CCGs have looked at further functions and are
recommending a way forward for these to be aligned to ICPs
in Cheshire West and Cheshire East.
of key meetings
Chief Officer Clare Watson
and Dr Jonathan Griffiths, Chair of NHS Vale Royal CCG, attended
Cheshire West and Chester Health and Wellbeing Board on 20
February to present a Working Together Across Cheshire update.
On 26 February Clare and Dr Andy Wilson, Chair of NHS South
Cheshire CCG, attended an informal meeting of Cheshire East’s
Health and Wellbeing Board to provide an update. Both boards have
requested further attendance at future meetings to keep them
updated regarding the progress of our plans.
Lynda Risk, Chief Finance
Officer for NHS South Cheshire and Vale Royal CCGs attended the
Cheshire West and Chester People Overview Scrutiny Committee on
Monday 4 March to present a Working Together Across Cheshire
There was good discussion with elected representatives regarding
the plans for a single Cheshire CCG and great interest in the
development of the Cheshire West Integrated Care Partnership,
with a request for further information and updates to be
Tracey Shewan, Director of Quality and Safeguarding for NHS South
Cheshire and Vale Royal CCGs, attended the Cheshire East Overview
Scrutiny Committee on Thursday 7 March to deliver the same
presentation. The questions were varied, looking to the positive aspects
of change. Members of the committee also asked about engagement
with staff and with the GP memberships, welcoming the
On 1 March the first joint
Membership meeting on a Cheshire East ‘Place’ footprint basis was
held in Middlewich, chaired by Dr Andy Wilson and Dr Mike Clarke,
Deputy Chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG.
The meeting included presentations on the development of Care
Communities from Dr Neil Paul and Dr Paddy Kearns which covered
both South and Eastern Cheshire.
Jacki Wilkes, the Development Director for the Cheshire East
Integrated Care Partnership, led a workshop with GPs and staff
regarding what we can expect to see in the development of the
Chief Officer Clare Watson delivered a presentation on the
strategic commissioner and how a single Cheshire CCG will support
the development of the Integrated Care Partnerships.
On 28 March the first joint Membership meeting on a Cheshire West
‘Place’ footprint will be held at Vicars Cross Golf Club.
Answers to frequently asked questions about Working Together
Across Cheshire can be viewed here.
Please continue to submit your questions, in confidence, by
In the last newsletter we
talked about how, following the listening events in the autumn of
2018, we’ve spent time looking at functions that can start to
work in a more joined up way and support the developing
Integrated Care Partnerships. The Communications and Engagement
and Primary Care teams have been the first to progress this
through a series of Cheshire-wide discussions.
A five-phased approach to aligning CCG functions to the
Integrated Care Partnerships is proposed between February 2019
and April 2020 which will be discussed by CCG Governing Bodies
and GP Memberships, who will need to agree accountability and
delegation frameworks to support more joined up working.
Active Workplace Plan - staff share their ideas!
Staff across Cheshire have
been sharing their ideas for the development of our Active
Workplace Plan, with some great suggestions put forward to shape
our ‘Active ambitions, objectives and priorities’ for workplace
health and wellbeing. Some of the suggestions put forward so far
walking and standing meetings
workplace challenges to increase activity levels
‘workforce wellbeing champions’
our office environments more creative and inspiring
on healthy eating and nutrition
lunchtime ‘activity taster’ sessions
The Active Workplace Plan is due to be launched in
March so there’s still time to get involved and share your ideas,
either by contacting your Organisational Development leads
and/or staff engagement representatives or by emailing your
suggestions to: email@example.com
The draft Active Workplace
Plan can be viewed here
Staff away days
The following dates are confirmed for staff away
- 14 March:
NHS South Cheshire CCG and NHS Vale Royal CCG
NHS West Cheshire CCG
A date for NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG colleagues will
also be confirmed soon.
West Integrated Care Partnership
Significant progress is being
made on three key initiatives which are helping to bring our Care
Communities to life:
people need -
Public Health producing a comprehensive needs assessment.
people want -
Community Conversations started on Monday, February 4th.
people get -
Care Community review will help us understand the current
Our Community Conversations are now well underway
and new dates have recently been added. Dates and venues for all
face-to-face group sessions are available here.
To enable the widest possible
response, one-to-one phone conversations are also available, as
is an online survey. Please share this information via your networks. We
need the clearest possible picture of what people in Cheshire
West want to see.
Regular updates on all of Cheshire West Integrated Care
Partnership's (CWICP) work will continue to be provided via the @CheshireWestICP
The most recent edition of the Cheshire West ICP Newsletter can
be viewed here
East Integrated Care Partnership
The recently-appointed Development Director of the
emerging Cheshire East Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) has
thanked colleagues across the county for warmly welcoming her
into her new role.
A nurse by background and with more than 40 years’ healthcare
experience, Jacki Wilkes (pictured) has been appointed by
Cheshire CCGs’ Accountable Officer Clare Watson to implement a
development programme for the proposed ICP.
Jacki will be working alongside partners in Cheshire East to
identify the scope and scale of the ICP, and the structures and
processes needed to enable the ICP to develop.
Currently Associate Director of Commissioning at NHS Eastern
Cheshire CCG, Jacki said she felt “proud and privileged” to have
been given the role.
Jacki has already drafted a 12-month implementation plan that
will now be reviewed for adoption by the ICP Partnership Board in
April. The emerging work programme will also be informed by the
experience of the Cheshire West ICP and supported by the sharing
of resources to accelerate delivery.
Jacki has worked in commissioning for more than a decade,
initially in North Staffordshire but in Eastern Cheshire for the
last eight years. Her experience of commissioning has included
playing a leading role in planning, buying and redesigning urgent
and emergency care in Eastern Cheshire.
Jacki’s recent achievements have included commissioning a new
care model for specialist mental health services for adults and
older people in Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal.
The redesign was informed by extensive public consultation. She
has also commissioned new hospital and community-based stroke
services for Eastern Cheshire. The former have been rated the
best in England by the Royal College of Physicians.
She is the “proud owner” of two teenage boys who are studying for
their GCSEs and A-levels respectively with a view to going to
university. In her spare time, she enjoys entertaining, visiting
the theatre and watching son Harry rowing competitively at
regional and national level.