8. May 2012 16:10
The NHS Commissioning Board (NCB) has appointed four PCT and SHA bosses as new regional directors.
They will form part of the senior leadership team of the Operations Directorate and will provide guidance for the NCB across their selected regions.
The appointments are as follows:
- North of England – Richard Barker, currently the Chief Operating Officer, NHS North of England and a former Director of Commissioning Development for the North East SHA
- Midlands and the East – Dr Paul Watson, currently Chief Executive, NHS Suffolk, and a former Director of Commissioning at the East of England SHA
- London – Dr Anne Rainsberry, current Chief Executive, NHS North West London and Deputy Chief Executive, NHS London
- South of England – Andrea Young, presently the Chief Operating Officer / Deputy Chief Executive, NHS South of England, and formerly Chief Executive of Oxfordshire PCT.
Ian Dalton, Chief Operating Officer of the NHS Commissioning Board Authority, said he was delighted to have four “highly skilled” directors “each with a strong track record of achievements”.
“This equips us with outstanding leadership to work with clinical commissioning groups and partners to ensure we have a strong and innovative commissioning system that improves outcomes for patients,” he said. “It also enables us to finalise the design of the regional and local presence of the NHS Commissioning Board.”
Their first tasks will be to work with PCTs, SHAs and other stakeholders to design plans for the final model of the Board’s network of local teams.
The appointments follow last week’s NCB announcement of the first wave of applications for CCG authorisation.