The three clinical commissioning groups of Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire are set to formally merge as a single organisation, in a move that aims to maintain and enhance the health and wellbeing of local people, particularly in light of the current coronavirus pandemic.
Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, the official name of the new organisation, will be formally established on Wednesday 1 April after more than 18 months of joined-up, cross-boundary working by the former individual CCGs.
Introducing the new CCG, which will serve a combined population of 934,000, Tracey Cox, Chief Executive, said: “For some time, our teams working across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire have been working more closely together and this has enabled us, in collaboration with our health and social care partners, local authorities and voluntary sector colleagues, to start a strategic and cohesive local response to the unprecedented coronavirus challenge.
“By formally merging, we can take this one step further and use our collective strength to become more efficient in how we plan and deliver local healthcare, both now and in the future.
“Of course, we had never expected our new joined-up approach to be tested so significantly so early on in our organisation’s history, but, while our focus right now is on providing leadership and practical on-the-ground support to tackling the coronavirus, we are mindful that these difficult times will make us all the more resilient in our ongoing work towards giving each and every person in our area a healthcare system they can be proud of and have faith in.”
The new CCG will maintain its roots in local communities and will continue to be driven by local clinicians from the 94 practices across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire.
Dr Andrew Girdher, a GP from Box Surgery in Corsham, takes on the role of Clinical Chair for BSW CCG, while Dr Ruth Grabham, a GP based in Bath and North East Somerset, becomes Medical Director.
The two lead clinicians will be supported in their Governing Body roles by a range of GPs, practice nurses and other healthcare professionals from across the region, all with a unique knowledge of their specific geographical area. Clinical Chair: Dr Andrew Girdher | Chief Executive Officer: Tracey Cox www.bswccg.nhs.uk
A new website for the CCG, containing lots of useful information about the organisation, local services and how to get involved can now be accessed at www.bswccg.nhs.uk.