NHS Commissioning Board

House of Lords written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what geographical relationship there is between the individual local arms of the NHS Commissioning Board and the strategic health authorities established in 2002.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The NHS Commissioning Board Authority (the preparatory body for the NHS Commissioning Board) has decided that the board should have 27 local area teams. Details of the areas they will cover were published on the Authority's website on 20 June and can be found at the following web address. https://www.wp.dh.gov.uk/commissioning board/files/2012/06/lat-senates-pack.pdf

The areas covered by the 27 local area teams have been determined primarily by reference to the coverage and boundaries of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and the boundaries of upper-tier local authorities. Other factors such as clinical networks and senates, local resilience forums and local health resilience partnerships were also taken into consideration.

The geographies of the former strategic health authorities (SHAs) established in 2002 were not considered by the authority when agreeing with the National Health Service, CCGs, local government and other partners the number and shape of the local area teams. While there is no deliberate relationship between these areas and those of the 28 SHAs established in 2002, 13 of the 27 do have the same boundaries as those of the original SHAs:

North West London;Durham, Darlington and Tees;Greater Manchester;West Yorkshire;Essex;Shropshire and Staffordshire;Birmingham and the Black Country;Arden, Hereford and Worcester;East Anglia;Kent and Medway;Surrey and Sussex;Devon and Cornwall; andNorth Yorkshire and the Humber.

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