NHS England has started a recruitment process to appoint designate chief executives of the anticipated 42 NHS Integrated Care Boards (including an ICB for Gloucestershire), subject to legislation.
The advert was live on the national microsite supporting the CE recruitment process: www.ICS-CEO-Recruitment.com. From Thursday (2 September), national adverts were issued to the HSJ, Guardian, Local Government Chronicle and The MJ. The closing date was 26 September 2021 and news of the appointment is expected in November.
Integrated care systems (ICSs) have been established across England to: improve outcomes in population health and healthcare; tackle inequalities in patient outcomes, experience and access; enhance productivity and value for money; and support broader social and economic development in their area.
The government intends to put ICSs on a statutory footing in April 2022 and has proposed legislation to achieve this, which includes establishment of the NHS Integrated Care Boards (ICBs). As part of the preparations, NHS England wants to ensure there is clarity about future leadership arrangements as soon as possible.
Steps have already been taken to ensure there are NHS ICB chair designates in all 42 systems – 25 have been agreed (including Dame Gill Morgan in Gloucestershire) and a process is underway in 17 areas. The next step is to begin the process for appointing NHS ICB chief executives designate in all 42 parts of the country.
The designate ICB chief executive role will be responsible for improving outcomes in population health and healthcare, working with colleagues, the community and partners to deliver a long-term strategy. Each ICB will hold a substantial budget for commissioning (buying) high quality patient care and the authority to establish performance arrangements to ensure this is delivered.