Proposed integrated care pilot scheme between City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust and Church View Medical Practice

City Hospitals Sunderland Foundation Trust is planning to enter into a pilot integrated care scheme with a local primary care provider, Church View Medical Practice. Under the scheme, City Hospitals Sunderland Foundation Trust and Church View Medical Practice will merge into one entity, whereby City Hospitals Sunderland Foundation Trust will directly employ the staff of the Church View Medical Practice.

The CCP is examining the integrated care scheme under the merger provisions of the Principles and Rules of Cooperation and Competition and will assess whether the planned arrangement has a material adverse effect on patients or taxpayers.

The CCP will assess the extent to which the integrated care scheme may limit patient choice in relation to the type of NHS-funded healthcare services provided by each of City Hospitals Sunderland Foundation Trust and Church View Medical Practice in Sunderland or the wider area. The CCP will also consider any benefits to patients or taxpayers that may arise from the arrangement.

The CCP would welcome submissions from interested individuals and organisations on this issue or on any other matter relevant to the CCP's assessment of the arrangement under the Principles and Rules of Cooperation and Competition.

The closing date for submissions is 26 June 2009.

Administrative timetable

Event Date
CCP publishes Notice of Acceptance 12 June 2009
Closing date for Phase 1 submissions 26 June 2009
Deadline for completion of Phase 1 * 7 August 2009
Deadline for completion of Phase 2 (if required)** 30 November 2009

* At the end of Phase 1, the CCP will either:

  • recommend that the merger be allowed to proceed, or
  • recommend that the merger be allowed to proceed subject to measures agreed with the parties that address concerns identified by the CCP during Phase 1, or
  • proceed to a more detailed Phase 2 investigation.

** Phase 2 allows the CCP to conduct a more in-depth investigation where this is required to fully assess a merger.

NB. This timetable will be updated as required during the course of the study.


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