PATRICIA Davies, Accountable Officer for Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Groups is set to leave the organisation in March next year, after two years in post.
The news comes just days after it was announced that NHS England had green lighted the application for three Clinical Commissioning Groups in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes to join together to create one single organisation in April 2021.
Davies said: “It has been a privilege to lead the three Clinical Commissioning Groups in the last two years and work with our partners across health and local government and to bring together our work for the benefit of our local communities.
“I am particularly proud of the progress that we have made on this journey towards becoming an Integrated Care Partnership, especially in the last eight months where we have worked together on the Coronavirus pandemic. Undoubtedly, our response has been stronger for the spirit of collaboration and challenge between our respective organisations.
Patricia was appointed as Accountable Officer to Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Groups in 2018, to oversee structural changes that would strengthen clinical leadership, stabilise the financial position of the CCGs and work with partners to deliver the first wave Integrated Care System for the area.
In recent months, Patricia has been responsible for leading changes to formally bring together the three CCGs as one statutory organisation, which will be created on 1 April 2021.
She added: “I leave BLMK CCGs in a stronger position than when I joined in 2018. The historic debt in Bedfordshire is now firmly behind us, our GP Members have never been more engaged with the CCG and our partners and the creation of the single CCG and the two Bedfordshire hospitals affords us the opportunity to build what I believe is a strong and enduring system which will benefit our residents and deliver better health outcomes for the people who live within our boundaries.”
Dr Nicola Smith, Clinical Chair of Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group said: “I would like to thank Patricia for her strategic leadership and vision in the last two years to strengthen and stabilise our organisation.
“Patricia has worked tirelessly to restructure health commissioning so that we can continue to deliver improved health outcomes for our residents now and in the future. Her work to strengthen clinical leadership and collaborate across the Integrated Care System with colleagues in local authorities and health providers will leave a positive and lasting legacy. In the meantime, the challenge ahead of us remains tough. We still have a job to do and I know Patricia remains committed to working in the interests of our patients.”
Dr Nicola Smith is currently working with NHS England to appoint a successor for the newly created NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group, which will be created, pending final authorisation in April 2021.