About the CCGs
The establishment of two new CCGs across Sussex from the 1 April 2020 – NHS East Sussex CCG and NHS West Sussex CCG, alongside a refocused NHS Brighton and Hove CCG marks a real and positive change for healthcare across Sussex.
Our three Sussex CCGs will be responsible for planning and buying (commissioning) health and wellbeing services for the people living in their area. CCGs are membership organisation made up of the GP practices within its boundaries. The leadership teams for the Sussex CCGs will consists of local doctors, hospital consultants, and nurses who will work alongside an experienced management team to make sure that services provide the best possible care for local people. The Sussex CCGs will be allocated government money annually to spend on behalf of its population and their purpose is to improve the health of the people living in the region.
As well as planning and buying services, the three Sussex CCGs will also monitor the quality of the majority of local NHS services covering the care and treatment local people may need in hospital and in the community, prescribing, mental health services, and support and services for people living with learning disabilities. The Sussex CCGs are committed to ensuring that our public, patients, and carers are at the heart of what we do. The Sussex CCGs aim to be organisations that take account of their views and experiences and use what we hear to inform our plans and influence our commissioning of local health and care services.
These developments build on an established track record of close working. During 2018/19 the seven CCGs in Sussex (NHS Brighton and Hove, NHS Coastal West Sussex, NHS Crawley, NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford, NHS Hastings and Rother, NHS High Weald Lewes Havens and NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex) began working more closely together. This has enabled a greater scale of planning and purchasing of health and care services to create a more stable future for us all. The decision to establish a new NHS East Sussex CCG alongside a new NHS West Sussex CCG, alongside a renewed NHS Brighton and Hove CCG is a key part of that programme of change.
On this journey of closer working we have engaged openly with our membership, governing bodies, local clinicians, healthcare partners, patient representative groups and others over the past few months. They have been overwhelmingly supportive of a direction of travel that ensures Sussex CCGs are coterminous with our local authority partners and paves the way for closer integration and stronger, more effective partnership working. This will enable more strategic commissioning, reduce administration costs, and release valuable resources to focus on commissioning services that can have the most impact at scale, and improve outcomes and reduce health inequalities across all of our communities.