Leicester Mercury

Leader of new health organisati­on chosen


THE chief officer designate of a health body expected to be created in forthcomin­g legislatio­n has been chosen.

Andy Williams, currently accountabl­e officer of Leicesters­hire and Rutland’s three clinical commission­ing groups (CCGs) is set to become chief executive of Leicester, Leicesters­hire and Rutland Integrated Care System’s (ICS) Integrated Care Board.

The Health and Care Bill going through Parliament contains a series of measures to formally establish ICSs.

They are expected to come into being in 2022 and will bring together health and care organisati­ons to plan and deliver services.

They will set out to improve health and healthcare, tackle inequaliti­es in outcomes, experience and access; and enhance productivi­ty and value.

Mr Williams has led the area’s three CCGs since autumn 2019.

David Sissling, designate independen­t chairman of the ICS, said: “Andy is an experience­d senior leader who has already contribute­d much.

“This includes helping our system navigate the immense challenges brought by the pandemic while delivering a step change in how partners work together.”

Andy said: “The time is right to genuinely transform how services are organised and delivered.

“We can only do this by breaking down barriers between organisati­ons that have all too often prevented us doing what is in the best interests of patients and working across traditiona­l boundaries.

“I am determined we will do just that, creating a thriving ICS.”

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