From January 2018, the governing bodies of NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG and NHS North Kirklees CCG are to hold their meetings in common which means they will meet in the same place and at the same time.
These meetings in common are scheduled for 10.30am to 1.30pm on the second Wednesday of every month starting on 10 January. The meetings, which are held in public, will alternate between venues in Huddersfield and Dewsbury.
Times and venues for our governing body meetings can change though so please check the websites for full details nearer the time, or look out for details on Twitter @NHSGHCCG and @NHSNKCCG.
The change is part of a move towards closer collaboration which was strengthened recently with the appointment of a shared Chief Officer. This more joined up approach will allow governing body members to learn from each other, and share their expertise and experience, to support decision making and efficiency.
NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG and NHS North Kirklees CCG have been working together since they were established in 2013 and the organisations already jointly commission a range of healthcare and support services, and share a number of staff.
With an increased focus on joint working, the CCGs are able to make more efficient use of common resources, and commission more integrated services that will help tackle increasing pressures whilst delivering better outcomes for the people of Kirklees.
The CCGs are changing the way they work but there are no plans for a formal merger and they will remain as separate organisations, each with a statutory requirement to maintain their own governing body.