Felicity Cox, has been appointed as the Accountable Officer of Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Groups (BLMK CCGs) from 1 February 2021, the CCGs have announced today
Felicity is currently the executive lead for BLMK’s Integrated Care System (BLMK ICS).
She is a qualified pharmacist and experienced system leader and chief executive, and brings a wealth of experience, having successfully led change in a range of complex NHS systems and organisations.
She joined the BLMK ICS at the end of November 2020 from the NHS England and NHS Improvement National team where she was National Director of Quality, Transformation and Delivery, Specialised Services.
Felicity will then become the Accountable Officer of the new Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCG from 1 April 2021, subject to the merger of the three existing CCGs being fully authorised in March 2021.
Announcing the appointment, Dr Nicola Smith, Chair of BLMK CCGs said:
“We are delighted that Felicity will be taking up leadership of Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCGs at such an exciting time, as we finalise our plans to create one CCG for BLMK from 1 April 2021.
“This is the natural next step to support closer alignment in our Integrated Care System as we move forward together to deliver joined up health and social care across Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents.
“I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to Patricia Davies for her leadership which has brought together the three CCGs and wish her every success as she moves on to take up her new role as Chief Executive of Shropshire Community NHS Trust.
“Under Patricia’s leadership we have strengthened clinical leadership and collaboration across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes with colleagues in primary care, local authorities and health providers and we have seen a strong and collaborative response to Covid as a result – she leaves a positive and lasting legacy.”
Felicity Cox said:
“We have a shared vision across the whole of Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes to improve the health and wellbeing of our population.
“In our response to the immense challenges of Covid, we have seen the real benefits that working together as one health and care system can bring for our population and our staff. I’m delighted to be taking up this role at a time when working together and transforming the way we support people’s health and wellbeing has never been more important to address the unprecedented challenges we face.
“With the creation of a new CCG for BLMK and closer working than ever before with our local authority colleagues, I truly believe these new ways of working to improve access and quality of local services will help us realise our ambitions for our residents. I look forward to continuing to work with residents and communities, staff and partner organisations to make this happen.”
Ann Radmore, regional director for NHS England and NHS Improvement East of England’s region said:
“I welcome Felicity’s appointment and she joins at an important moment for the three clinical commissioning groups. They are in the final stages of moving towards becoming a single organisation; there is still much to do in managing the local NHS’s response to the coronavirus pandemic; and there is a need to keep one eye on the future to meet the wider healthcare needs of the community, utilising the greater joint working across health and social care that has happened in response to the pandemic.
“I would also like to thank Patricia for all her hard work bringing the CCGs closer together, and managing the local healthcare system’s response to the pandemic to ensure patients got the best possible care.”
Felicity already has established relationships and a good understanding of the local area and health system having previously worked in Bedfordshire in 1994 and holding a number of different leadership posts in Community, Mental Health and Primary care across BLMK throughout her career.
Working with local communities, doctors, staff and system partners, Felicity will lead the planning and buying of health services for local people.
As ICS lead too, she will also establish new ways of working across the area’s health and social care organisations to achieve their shared ambition of improving the health of the people we serve, providing better, more joined up care; improved services both in and out of hospital; and to ensure a sound financial footing for the local health system.
Felicity takes over from Patricia Davies, who has been Accountable Officer since the formation of the BLMK Commissioning Collaborative in November 2018.