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Past Engagement

The engagement and consultation exercises described below have all closed but are archived here in the interests of transparency and accountability.



Working Together Across Cheshire



Health leaders seek public feedback on proposal to create a single Cheshire CCG

Health leaders are seeking the views of local people and organisations on proposals to create a single strategic commissioning organisation for Cheshire as part of an ongoing conversation about the future of the local NHS.

The aim is to help CCG staff work together more effectively and efficiently to plan and buy services that are available equally to people across the county, and to make the best use of money available to the local NHS.

The four Cheshire CCGs – Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire, Vale Royal and West Cheshire - have been working closely together for the last 18 months, establishing a Joint Commissioning Committee that has sped up decision making on services that are provided in the same way across Cheshire. This was followed by the appointment of Clare Watson as the single Chief Officer and by recruitment to a shared Executive Team. The Governing Bodies of the four CCGs believe the time is now right to create a single strategic CCG for Cheshire. 

Chief Officer Clare Watson said: “Having a single CCG would benefit local people by providing consistency and reducing duplication, both for ourselves as health service commissioners and for the hospitals, community and mental health service providers we buy from. The proposed merger would benefit more than 700,000 people by raising standards across all providers and by reducing variation in quality of care and access to services.

“The move to a single Cheshire CCG will happen hand in hand with the development of two place-based Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs) that would bring together NHS organisations with our Local Authorities to join up health and social care services around the needs of people.

“Place-based commissioning and the proposed single strategic Cheshire CCG would ensure that a strong local voice continues to shape the planning and buying of services. The approach would also ensure that we tackle local health issues while making sure everyone has access to the same high-quality healthcare.

Read our engagement document to find out more.

You can have your say by taking our online survey. Paper copies of the survey can be requested from

The feedback period is from 28 May – 23 June 2019 but this is just part of an ongoing conversation about the future of the local NHS and we are inviting people to share their views and to stay involved by working with us to shape how we involve patients and the public in our work into the future.

If you would like to receive regular updates and stay involved, please provide your details in your response to the survey or to

Click here to view a presentation on the aims of the proposed single Cheshire CCG

Click here to read our Frequently Asked Questions

Read our media release here

The CCGs’ Governing Bodies are seeking approval to create a single Cheshire CCG from their GP member practices.  If the member practices vote in favour, and public support is gained, a formal application will be made to NHS England in the autumn of 2019.

For further information or general enquiries contact:





Future of adult and older people's specialist mental health services in Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal

We partnered with NHS South Cheshire CCGNHS Vale Royal CCG and Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) to review how to provide the best specialist adult mental health services we can within allocated funding.

This included looking at the role that better community services can play in preventing people from going into crisis; and supporting people in their own homes and within their own support networks where possible. This is considered national best practice.

Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal don’t currently have the wide range of community mental health services available in other parts of Cheshire and in other parts of the country.

Our collective aim is to plan, buy and deliver the best care within allocated funding for people who access services and those who support them. We believe we are more likely to achieve this if we work with and listen to the views of local people.

Local people’s views are instrumental in our thinking and we will continue to work with service users, carers, key representative groups and members of the public.

We held listening events for service users and carers in September 2017 at Crewe Alexandra FC and Macclesfield Town FC. Table-based discussions gave participants an opportunity to describe what had worked well for them, what had not worked well and how services might be improved.

Views expressed at the events and through an online survey were taken into account alongside clinical evidence, national best practice and financial considerations in the development of options for a 12-week public consultation running from 6 March to 29 May 2018.

No decisions will be made on the future of adult and older people's specialist mental health services until after the consultation has ended.

The partners produced a Pre-Consultation Business Case which explained why change is needed. Click here to read a summary of the business case.

Published by: NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, NHS South Cheshire CCG, NHS Vale Royal CCG, and CWP.



Consultation on proposals to reduce spending on procedures having the lowest impact on patient care.



Policy to help reduce general practice consultations and prescriptions for minor conditions which are suitable for self care

We have spent a great deal of time this year gathering evidence from young people to inform our transformation of mental health services for children and young people. Here are the background reports from the work which has been undertaken:

Engagement with young people to understand mental health service requirements

Mental health needs assessment of adopted children and young people in Cheshire East

Analysis of awareness and expectations of young people accessing mental health services

Watch our video about the work we've been doing with young people and partners to understand what children and young people need and want from mental health services.

Here's a link to the video transcript.


Click here to read about the work we've done so far with partners and young people to transform mental health services - and what we still have to do.


More information?

Call communications manager Charles Malkin or engagement and involvement officer Julia Hulland-Vernon on 01625 663824. Alternatively, you can email them as follows: or