We are delighted to confirm that Nick Relph has been appointed as interim Chair of the ‘One Gloucestershire’ Integrated Care System (ICS), pending a national search for a substantive Independent ICS Chair.
Nick takes up his 6 month appointment with immediate effect following the retirement of Chris Creswick at the end of January 2019.
Nick is well known within the NHS nationally and in Gloucestershire where he is currently a Non-Executive Director of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust.
He has extensive experience of healthcare having held a number of senior NHS roles covering community, mental health and acute services, including Director of Finance at a health authority, Chief Executive positions in three Primary Care Trusts in North London and Managing Director of the South East Commissioning Support Unit.
He is a fully qualified accountant with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
In his time within Gloucestershire, Nick has shown great passion for high quality care, patient experience and innovation, whilst championing the effective use of precious resources.
Nick has commented on his appointment as follows:
“The award of ICS status to Gloucestershire last year demonstrates the excellent progress made by local NHS and care partners over recent years, but given the challenges we face together, it also presents a rare and special opportunity to transform care to meet the needs of future generations.
This is a wonderful chance to build a local NHS and care system that supports individuals and communities to stay healthy and provides the best possible care when and where it is needed, maximising the expertise and skills of our fabulous staff and the resources available.
I am excited about taking on this interim role and helping our local partners to lead and shape One Gloucestershire’s priorities for the benefit of our patients, carers and their families over the coming months.”
We very much look forward to working alongside Nick, health and care professionals and our valued community partners to help One Gloucestershire rise to the challenges ahead.
We would also like to pay tribute to Chris Creswick whose foresight, wisdom, experience and challenge has helped to put the county in such a strong position.
A national recruitment process will now get underway to appoint to the role substantively.
– Ingrid Barker, Chair of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and 2gether NHS Foundation Trust
– Dr Andy Seymour, Clinical Chair of NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and ICS Clinical Lead
– Dr Joanna Bayley, representing GP providers
– Peter Lachecki, Chair of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
– Cllr Roger Wilson, Cabinet member for adult social care commissioning, Gloucestershire County Council and Chair of the Gloucestershire Health and Wellbeing Board