In March 2016 NHS England invited expressions of interest from Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to work together in clusters of two or more adjacent CCGs. The Pioneers were selected by a panel including a senior clinician, commissioner, independent chair of the National Maternity Review, NHS England choice policy expert and two lay members. The panel assessed the applications against a set of agreed criteria including their leadership, governance, commitment to work collaboratively both locally and nationally, and their enthusiasm to test new approaches and share learning. The panel also considered the scale, demographic and geographical coverage of each application.
Seven Maternity Choice and Personalisation Pioneers were selected which are clusters of 2 to 11 CCGs, covering 36 CCGs in total.
- Pioneer 1 – Halton CCG, Liverpool CCG, St. Helen’s CCG, Knowsley CCG, South Sefton CCG, Southport and Formby CCG, Wirral CCG, Warrington CCG, West Lancashire CCG, West Cheshire CCG, South Cheshire CCG
- Pioneer 2 – Birmingham South Central CCG, Birmingham CrossCity CCG, Solihull CCG
- Pioneer 3 – Salford CCG, Wigan CCG, Bolton CCG
- Pioneer 4 – North East Hampshire & Farnham CCG, North Hampshire CCG, West Hampshire CCG, South East Hampshire CCG, Fareham &, Gosport CCG, Southampton CCG, Portsmouth CCG, Isle of Wight CCG
- Pioneer 5 – Croydon CCG, Kingston CCG, Merton CCG, Richmond CCG, Sutton CCG, Wandsworth CCG
- Pioneer 6 – Newham CCG, Tower Hamlets CCG, Waltham Forest CCG
- Pioneer 7 – West Kent CCG , High Weald Lewes and Haven CCG, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust