Landmark merger creates largest CCG in the north

The merger and senior leadership team to create the largest clinical commissioning group in the north of England has been confirmed.

The merger of North, South and Central Manchester CCGs has been approved by NHS England and is set be implemented by April.

Ian Williamson will be accountable officer for the new CCG

Ian Williamson, the chief officer of Central Manchester CCG, has been confirmed as accountable officer for the new organisation, which will have a programme allocation of £785m in 2017-18. Liverpool CCG is currently the largest in the north.

The three Manchester CCGs employ 260 staff, and Mr Williamson told HSJ around 70 per cent already work in joint teams. Detailed work on the number of roles that could be cut has not yet been carried out, but efforts will be made to redeploy staff.

Full story in HSJ, 17 February 2017