A consultation ran through July and August to asked for views on options for changing the way NHS commissioning is arranged in Birmingham and Solihull. It covered NHS Birmingham CrossCity, NHS Birmingham South Central and NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Following a significant period of pre-consultation engagement with partners three options were put forward:
Option one - form a federation/continue with current arrangements; three separate CCGs, but establish a shared management team, governance and decision making.
Option two - a single CCG for Birmingham and a single CCG for Solihull; establishing joint working arrangements with Solihull CCG, a single management team, with joint processes and committees.
Option three and the preferred option of the three CCGs - a full functional organisational merger, that is, one single Birmingham and Solihull commissioning approach and management team.
A consultation was launched on 10 July 2017 and concluded on 18 August 2017. A consultation document was prepared with details on the rationale for each of the options and consultees were invited to four public meetings and to submit responses via an online questionnaire or through written submissions. As well as asking for views on each option, consultees were invited to provide the reasons for their views, their concerns and any suggestions.
The three CCGs used their existing channels and opportunities to raise awareness of the consultation. It is estimated that this supporting activity reached in the region of over 44,400 (excluding people reached via the radio, a number that cannot really be accurately estimated). The final report on the consultation feedback to 18th August, the end of the consultation period and can be viewed here