Joined Up Care Derbyshire – the local partnership of health and care organisations – has appointed Dr Chris Clayton as its Executive Lead.  Dr Clayton, who will officially take up the role during October, will hold the post alongside his current role as Chief Executive of NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

The Joined Up Care Derbyshire partnership is one of 44 such bodies across England who aim to collaborate on organising health and care service developments that improve the health and wellbeing of the population of Derby and Derbyshire, as well making services as efficient and effective as possible.  Known currently as Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, these bodies are expected to pave the way for increased collaboration across services, managing staff and money collectively, with the shared aim of improving health and care, and linking with a wider body of public sector organisations to improve the outlook for everyone in Derbyshire.

John MacDonald, Independent Chair of the Joined Up Care Derbyshire Board, said:

“I’m delighted to announce the appointment of Chris to this role, following a rigorous interview process.  Following his time as a GP, Chris is an experienced health service clinician, and coupled with his roles as Chief Executive of Clinical Commissioning Groups, Chris has also very skillfully chaired the group that has been responsible for the health and care system partnership response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  So his perspective in how services are provided, commissioned and the way in which partnerships can flourish in adversity is probably unique.

“Chris will be responsible for further developing the strong and constructive relationship between all partners, ensuring that the way we work allows for effective decision making that supports swift implementation of improvements. Chris will also lead the transition from a System Transformation Partnership (STP) to an Integrated Care System (ICS), in line with Government Policy.”

Dr Chris Clayton said:

“I’m delighted to have been appointed to this post and very grateful for the support I received from my fellow health and care Chief Executives in making my application.  As we continue to deal with the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must also oversee the future development of health and social care, learning the valuable lessons from the pandemic around service delivery and the speed at which we can make decisions when there is an imperative. 

“The pandemic has been our imperative for the last few months, and continues to be so as we see an increase in cases. Our imperative for the future is to ensure that those that have been adversely affected are cared for properly, that we continue to focus our attention on managing the pandemic as it changes direction.  We also need to understand how we can restore and recover services as quickly when the timing is right, understand the impact of the pandemic on our population, while reinvigorating our focus on closing the inequalities gap between the best and worst health in our city and county.”

The appointment of Dr Clayton is for a period of one year initially, on a part time basis in which he will nominally work two and a half days each week with Joined Up Care Derbyshire and the CCG.