Leaders appointed for new NHS Central Sussex Commissioning Alliance

The leaders have been appointed for a new NHS Central Sussex Commissioning Alliance, which will see four CCGs working closer together.

Adam Doyle has been appointed Accountable Officer for the four Clinical Commissioning Groups that will make up the Alliance – Brighton and Hove, High Weald Lewes Havens, Crawley and Horsham and Mid Sussex.

Wendy Carberry has been appointed as Managing Director for the ‘south place’ of the Alliance, covering Brighton and Hove and High Weald Lewes Havens CCGs, while Geraldine Hoban has been selected as Managing Director of the ‘north place, covering Crawley and Horsham and Mid Sussex CCGs. All three appointments have been formally approved by NHS England and will start on 2 January when the Alliance officially goes live.

The Governing Bodies of the four CCGs last month agreed to form an Alliance between the organisations, with a single executive leadership team and operating model. Other positions that will make up the executive team will be appointed over the next two months, after which the CCGs will be looking at how they can work more closely together to share resources and back office functions. The executive team will act as a single point of leadership for the four CCGs but the organisations are not merging and each Governing Body will remain accountable for healthcare commissioning for their local populations.

Adam Doyle has been Accountable Officer of Brighton and Hove CCG for the last 12 months and under his leadership the organisation has gone from being one of the worst performing in the country to one of the most improved. The CCG was rated ‘good’ by NHS England in July, a year after it has been rated ‘inadequate’, and was taken out of legal directions a month later.

Wendy Carberry is currently the Accountable Officer for High Weald Lewes Havens CCG and previously worked at Brighton and Hove City Primary Care Trust prior to the formation of CCGs. Geraldine Hoban has been working as Accountable Officer at both Crawley and Horsham and Mid Sussex CCGs and was previously Chief Operating Officer at Brighton and Hove CCG.

Speaking on behalf of all the CCG Chairs, Brighton and Hove CCG Clinical Chair Dr David Supple said: “This is a hugely positive step in the formation of the Alliance and all the Chairs are confident that by having Adam as Accountable Officer, supported by Wendy and Geraldine as Managing Directors, we will collectively be in a much better position to be able to commission high quality services for our patients that are sustainable for the future.

“The Governing Bodies of all the CCGs have recognised that we now have the opportunity to work closer together as an Alliance that will allow us to better share best practice and expertise, streamline processes and stop duplication, make better use of the limited specialist skills and talent and free up local teams to allow them to focus on improving and transforming services. This will be better for our organisations, better for our staff and, most importantly, better for our patients and populations.”

Felicity Cox, NHS England’s Director of Commissioning Operations in the South East, said: “We fully support the formation of the Central Sussex Commissioning Alliance. A number of CCGs across the country are working together in this way and this will enable more consistent and effective commissioning over a large area, while also keeping a focus on local services. We are confident that, with Adam as Accountable Officer, there is the leadership in place to take this Alliance forward successfully.”

Adam Doyle said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the new Alliance once it goes live. There will be a number of challenges that we will have to work hard to address but I believe that, by having one leadership team across the four CCGs, we will be in a stronger position to make tangible improvements to the way we all work. We feel supported by our Governing Bodies and NHS England and we are now looking to build a strong executive team to take us further forward in the development of the Alliance.

“We have made sure we have kept our staff informed from the very beginning of this process and we have been very clear that the Alliance is all about us working closer together across the CCGs to find ways in which we can work smarter and more effectively to benefit our local populations.”

The other roles of the new executive team will include a Chief Finance Officer, Strategic Director of Transformation, Director of Corporate Affairs and a Programme Director. They will be supported by the Sussex-wide commissioning roles that already exist – Chief Nurse and Strategic Director of Contracting and Performance.