The new organisation is responsible for planning and buying health services for the people of Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.
NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will serve a population of around 700,000, but will aim to retain focus on local people and services. It will be led by the Governing Body, which will be represented by GP practices, lay membership for public and patient involvement, local clinical leaders and senior managers.
The merger comes as a result of an NHS request to CCGs nationwide, asking them to reduce administrations costs by 20% by 31 March 2020. Consultation was undertaken last summer and the merger was confirmed in October 2019.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many CCG staff are now working remotely and are being deployed to support partners in the local healthcare system to ensure frontline services continue to be delivered in the Tees Valley. The CCG continues to deliver its key responsbilities and respond to enquiries such as freedom of information requests, but there may be a delay in responding because COVID-19 is currently the priority.
More information about the new CCG can be found on its website.