As regional health services continue to implement the government’s reform programme NHS North West can now confirm the appointment of the Chairs and Chief Executives who will lead the five primary care clusters across the region.
The appointments are:
The chief executive and chair of the Cumbria PCT cluster will be Sue Page and Mike Taylor.
The chief executive and chair of the Pan Lancashire PCT cluster will be Janet Soo-Chung, who is currently the chief executive of NHS North Lancashire, and Peter Kenyon, who is currently the chair of NHS Central Lancashire.
The chief executive and chair of the Merseyside PCT cluster will be Derek Campbell, who is currently the chief executive of Liverpool PCT, and Gideon Ben-Tovim, who is currently the chair of Liverpool PCT.
The chief executive and chair of the Cheshire PCT cluster will be Kathy Doran, who is currently the chief executive of NHS Wirral, and Kathy Cowell, who is currently the chair of Central & Eastern Cheshire PCT.
The chief executive and chair of the Greater Manchester PCT cluster will be Mike Burrows, who is currently the chief executive of NHS Salford, and Prof. Eileen Fairhurst, who is currently the chair of NHS Salford.
Mike Farrar, chief executive of NHS North West said: “The cluster Chief Executives will provide additional leadership, support and scrutiny for local decisions during a challenging time for the NHS. As well as driving up the quality of patient care and services, the clusters will support the new GP consortia to ensure the NHS spends its money as effectively as possible.
“The leadership in the north west is as such that we had a strong group of candidates from which to choose from however I am delighted that we have appointed five talented leaders and whose experience will help the NHS in the North West to prepare for the major reform programme we face.”
Note to editors
PCTs are due to be abolished on 31 March 2013. The aim of the clustering is to ensure PCTs continue to be resilient during the transition period, as well as helping to secure the right conditions for the establishment of successful GP consortia, Health and Well Being Boards and future arrangements for public health.
Existing PCT chief executives will remain as the accountable officers until the cluster positions have accountability agreements in place with the SHA, and have revised and agreed PCT Board governance arrangements.
This will be completed by 1st June 2011 at the latest. The cluster chief executives will work alongside existing PCT chief executives until then