The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that the CCG has appropriate arrangements in place to exercise its functions effectively, efficiently and economically, and in accordance with the principles of good governance. In the CCG, the Governing Body is responsible for the CCG’s £504 million budget which is spent as efficiently as possible to provide high quality healthcare for the local population.
In September 2017, new governance arrangements commenced to enable effective joint working between DDES CCG and North Durham CCG. Although it has been decided not to apply for a formal merger, it had been agreed by the Council of Members of each CCG and both Governing Bodies that the two CCGs should work closer together. The first meeting ‘in common’ of the Governing DDES CCG and the Governing Body of DDES CCG was held on 19 September 2017. The CCG’s Committees can by agreement meet ‘in common’ with the corresponding meeting in other CCGs if agendas have common areas that would benefit from a broader discussion. The Group may also co-opt non-officer members onto the Committee from other local CCGs as and when required to achieve quoracy. The first meeting ‘in common’ of the Governing Body of North Durham CCG and the Governing Body of DDES CCG was held on 19 September 2018.
In July, the Governing Bodies of the five CCGs across County Durham, Darlington and Tees Valley (Darlington CCG, Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG, Hartlepool and Stockton on Tees (HaST) CCG, North Durham CCG and South Tees CCG) approved a recommendation to have a joint leadership and management team with a single Accountable Officer for all five CCGs. This was consistent with national and local aspirations to increase partnership working between healthcare organisations.
Dr Neil O’Brien, our Clinical Chief Officer, was appointed Accountable Officer for each of the five CCGs with effect from October 2018. He is supported by two Chief Officers, Dr Stewart Findlay formerly the Chief Clinical Officer of NHS DDES CCG and Nicola Bailey, formerly the Chief Operating Officer who worked across both CCGs. A new model of a joint leadership and management team has just been established.