13.02.18

Birmingham and Solihull officially appoints CEO to oversee triple CCG merger

The NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG has officially appointed the chief executive who will oversee a merger to make the organisation the biggest commissioning group in England.

Paul Jennings has been in the role on an interim basis since July 2017 and will now take on the position permanently.

The merger will make the organisation the largest CCG in England, and Jennings’ immediate focus will be to ensure that the Birmingham CrossCity, Birmingham South Central and Solihull CCGs (currently working together as Birmingham and Solihull CCGs), fulfil all of the requirements to create the new group by 1 April 2018.

“This is an exciting time for the NHS in Birmingham and Solihull; we have a great opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of local people,” Jennings said.

“The new CCG will be a large and ambitious organisation, with big challenges.

“We have much to do to ensure that we are commissioning high-quality and sustainable services for our patients, which address the massive health inequalities across the area.”

He retired from the NHS in January 2017 after 38 years of service, having led a wide range of NHS organisations.

Dr Peter Ingham, clinical chair of Birmingham and Solihull CCG, added: “I am delighted to welcome Paul as the new permanent chief executive of our CCG and look forward to working with him to continue to build strong and mutually beneficial partnerships with our health and social care partners across Birmingham and Solihull.”

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