Service Reconfiguration

04.01.19

Single chief executive chosen for eight Sussex and East Surrey CCGs

Eight CCGs across Sussex and East Surrey have appointed a single accountable chief executive officer.

Adam Doyle has been named as the chief executive officer for all the CCGs in Sussex and East Surrey after serving the same role under the job title of temporary accountable officer for the past three months.

In a joint statement, the CCGs said the decision was fully supported by all and had been endorsed by NHS England.

Doyle will be responsible for the eight CCGs in the Sussex and East Surrey STP, meaning one of the country’s largest health commissioning systems will be working under a single leadership.

He was the joint accountable officer for four CCGs – Crawley, East Surrey, High Weald Lewes Havens and Horsham and Mid Sussex – since January 2018 and took on the additional leadership of East Surrey CCG and Costal West Sussex CCG in April.

All the CCGs, except Brighton and Hove, had significant deficits in 2017-18, and several were under directions from NHS England.

But in November, three of the CCGs, Crawley, East Surrey, and Horsham and Mid Sussex, had legal directions for the quality of leadership lifted by NHS England after around 10 months of Doyle leadership.

Dr Elizabeth Gill, clinical chair for High Weald Lewes Havens CCG but speaking on behalf of all eight CCGs, said: “It was always the intention to make the shared leadership role permanent and we are delighted that Adam has agreed to take up the post.

“Since Adam began overseeing all eight of our CCGs, we have already seen a number of benefits to how we have worked.

“Our relationships with providers and regulators has improved, there has been greater strategic oversight that has allowed for more consistency in how we work, and we have been able to manage risks, issues and large pieces of work in a more robust and collaborative way.

“We believe having Adam as the single CEO, our organisations will be able to build on the progress we have already been making and be in a stronger position to address the challenges we collectively face.”

Doyle commented: “I’m delighted to take up the role and am looking forward to continuing the progress that we have been able to make across the commissioning system.

“We have made real strides over the last year thanks to the hard work of staff and greater collaborative working with providers and partners and we now have the opportunity to take this further.”

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