The Chief Executive designate of the new NHS Integrated Care Board for Derby and Derbyshire has been announced following a robust national recruitment process.  Dr Chris Clayton, currently Chief Executive of NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, will take up the take up the post as soon as the Health and Care Bill receives Royal Assent, likely to be from April 2022.

John MacDonald, Independent Chair of Joined Up Care Derbyshire, and Chair Designate of NHS Derby and Derbyshire Integrated Care Board, said:

"I am delighted that we are able to confirm Chris' appointment to this position. Many local stakeholders will already know Chris from his work as Chief Executive of NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group since 2017, and as the executive lead for Joined Up Care Derbyshire since last year. Chris therefore brings a vast knowledge of the local health and care system and local relationships into this new position, along with continuity to the work of our system ahead of the new Integrated Care Board being established subject to legislation in April 2022." 

"The appointment of the Chief Executive designate also triggers the ability to recruit and appoint to other key roles within the Integrated Care Board to provide certainty and direction for the new organisation. Chris continues in his existing role with CCG until the time comes that the ICB can be formally established."

Dr Chris Clayton said:

"I'm honoured to have been offered and accepted this role. We have a very firm foundation of partnership working across health, care and with other partners in Derby and Derbyshire.  This foundation stands us in good stead to further support the health and wellbeing of local citizens the continued integration of services and support."

The Health and Care Bill 2021, which contains a series of measures to formally establish Integrated Care Systems (ICSs), is currently at the Parliamentary Committee Stage receiving a detailed examination following its second reading. The Bill will put ICSs on a firm statutory footing, empowering them to better join up health and care, improve population health and reduce health inequalities.

Each ICB will hold a substantial budget for commissioning high quality patient care and have the authority to establish performance arrangements to ensure this is delivered.  The next step will be to recruit Non-Executive Members and Executive Directors to the ICB over the coming weeks ahead of the Board likely being established from April 2022.

 

BACKGROUND

Health and Care Bill

  • The Health and Care Bill 2021, which contains a series of measures to formally establish Integrated Care Systems (ICS’), is currently at Committee Stage receiving a detailed examination following its second reading.
  • The Bill will put ICSs on a firm statutory footing, empowering them to better join up health and care, improve population health and reduce health inequalities. 
  • Each Integrated Care Board (ICB) will hold a substantial budget for commissioning high quality patient care and have the authority to establish performance arrangements to ensure this is delivered.
  • A key element of preparing for legislation to take effect is confirming who would take up senior roles within each ICB. 
  • 38 systems have now appointed an ICB chair-designate announced recently – a full list can be found here.

 

CEO appointment process

  • Following a robust recruitment process, NHS England and NHS Improvement have now confirmed the first designate ICB Chief Executives ready to take up the post from April 2022 should Parliament confirm the current plans.
  • Appointees will be taken on in the first instance as Chief Executive of the current Integrated Care System (ICS) and designate Chief Executive of the anticipated NHS Integrated Care Board (ICB).
  • Each ICB CEO will be appointed on a full-time basis and cover just one ICS.
  • As the current ICS executive lead roles are different to the future ICB CEO roles, all 42 roles have been openly advertised. Recruitment was wide-ranging to encourage individuals from numerous sectors and marketed nationally as well as locally to encourage the widest range of candidates with a breadth of skills and backgrounds.
  • The recruitment was coordinated by NHS England and NHS Improvement as the appointing body. The open application process for these roles launched on 1 September 2021 and closed on 26 September 2021.
  • To support the selection process NHS England and NHS Improvement outlined a set of national leadership competencies, roles and responsibilities, as well as a desired set of leadership values and behaviours in order to advance the ambitions of the NHS People Plan.
  • This robust process will ensure each ICS is led by candidates of the highest-possible calibre, capable of overseeing multi-billion pound budgets, complex services, and health improvement programmes for the specific communities living within the footprint of the ICS they lead.