The recently launched NHS 10 Year Plan is highly significant. It signals the growing importance of ‘primary care networks’ – for this read ‘GP Clusters’. There is a strong hint here that the CCGs will eventually disappear and that these Primary Care Networks will take on a local health commissioning role with the strategic lead coming from the STP.
Note the recent appointment of Adam Doyle to the Sussex and East Surrey Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), now one of the largest health commissioning systems in the country working under a single leadership, covering 1.8 million people.
What has this to do with PPGs, you might ask? Well, there is huge potential for us to be part of local Primary Care Networks as we build our role within individual GP Clusters who now will need to work together more and more as the NHS Plan takes root.
Martyn Yates, Brighton & Hove PPG Network chair