In June this year the Governing Bodies of all four CCGs (East Surrey, Guildford & Waverley, North West Surrey and Surrey Downs) agreed to explore a potential merger to create one commissioning organisation across Surrey Heartlands from April 2020.  Following extensive engagement over the past few months, member practices have now voted on whether they approve a new Constitution for the proposed CCG. 

There has been a high degree of support demonstrated across the four memberships, with 79.8% voting in favour and the CCGs will be submitting their application to NHS England/Improvement as planned by the 30th September. 

However, the vote in Surrey Downs CCG, whilst supportive, was unfortunately not a quorate vote (just less than 75% of members returned a vote; constitutionally a minimum of 75% of member practices need to vote for a resolution to be carried). There will therefore need to be a re-vote within Surrey Downs in order for the new Constitution to be constitutionally binding.

The next stage of the process will be an NHS England/Improvement assurance panel, currently scheduled for 8th October.  If successful the new organisation would be formed from 1st April 2020.