New role created to oversee North Yorkshire’s clinical commissioning groups

Amanda Bloor.

A new role has been created to oversee a shared leadership team across North Yorkshire’s three NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

The current chief officer of Harrogate and Rural District CCG, Amanda Bloor, has been appointed as the single accountable officer the by NHS England’s chief executive, Simon Stevens, and will start on December 1.

Officials say Janet Probert, NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG chief officer, and Simon Cox, NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG chief officer, will remain in their current jobs for a few more weeks to “ensure there is a smooth transition”.

A spokesperson for the Hambleton CCG said it was not yet known what Mrs Probert’s new role would be.

The move follows a ‘capacity and capability review’ of the organisation carried out earlier this year which contained a number of criticisms and called for the CCGs in N0rth Yorkshire and York to work closer together to “maximise the benefits of collaboration at scale”.

The review was completed by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) over a six week period from 20 February 2018

In September this year, all three CCG Governing Bodies voted to introduce a shared senior leadership team across NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG, NHS Harrogate and Rural District CCG and NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG.

Each CCG will remain a separate statutory organisation responsible for the purchasing and planning of the vast majority of health services across their area.

Dr Charles Parker, clinical chair, NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG said: “It is imperative that organisations across the NHS landscape think creatively about how we can ensure every pound spent is spent well.

“This new approach will help us deliver more sustainability by allowing us to think across the health care system, while retaining our responsiveness to local need.”

Amanda Bloor said: “A shared team across the three North Yorkshire CCGs will enable collaboration and work at scale when it is appropriate while ensuring local needs remain at the heart of each CCG’s activities.

“While there will be a single leadership team a strong local focus and clinical leadership will continue to underpin our work.

“I am looking forward to developing new relationships and building on old while we collectively continue to ensure quality healthcare services that meet the needs of our population across North Yorkshire.”

Once officially in post after 1 December 2018, a single senior management team will be established that fits the needs of the three CCGs and their local populations.

A group representing all three CCG Governing Bodies will also be set up.