Welcome to NHS North Essex
This site puts you in touch with healthcare services available to you and the local NHS that covers the north of Essex. Here you will find a wide range of information from advice on how to stay healthy and well, to an overview of the strategic health plans for the next three years.
NHS North Essex is the umbrella organisation for a group of organisations that are working together to plan and buy healthcare for the local population. Our job is to understand our local communities and, from the money available for the NHS, buy the healthcare that local people need from NHS services and others.
Our aim is to make sure that you have a good patient experience with access to safe, high quality services, when you need them; the best possible clinical outcomes and a personal involvement in decisions about your care.
This is your NHS. Thank you for visiting!
NHS North Essex – Who we are
From 1 April 2013, new organisations, led by GPs and known as Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), will become responsible for the local NHS and primary care trusts abolished. Until then, NHS North Essex is a transitional organisation overseeing the change from the currenty primary care trusts to the new Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
NHS North Essex was set up in December 2010 to encourage and develop the new CCGs.
NHS North Essex is a cluster of three existing primary care trusts – NHS Mid Essex, NHS North East Essex and NHS West Essex. Under a single Chair, Chief Executive and cluster Board, it acts as one body overseeing the work of three. At the same time, it is supporting the development of three new CCGs and other organisational changes under the proposed NHS reforms.
New organisations in shadow from 1 April 2012
In preparation for new arrangements to take over from 1 April 2013, the proposed new organisations will operate in shadow form from 1 April 2012. They will have their own shadow boards and a staff of clinicians and managers.
The new organisations are:
The three CCGS will draw support from a shared Commissioning Support Service and from a Public Health function that is under the wing of Essex County Council. They will be accountable to the national NHS Commissioning Board which is developing a local team.
The PCTs will continue to exist in name and, under the NHS North Essex cluster Board, will continue to have the legal responsibility for commissioning, that is planning and buying healthcare. The actual job of healthcare commissioning is delegated to the shadow CCGs, with the support of experienced PCT directors and staff.