Posted by Amanda Crawford at 12/03/2018 13:20:48
NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is today announcing the appointment of Glenn Douglas as its accountable officer.
Mr Douglas will also be accountable officer for the clinical commissioning groups covering Ashford, Canterbury and Coastal, Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley, Swale, and Medway.
This is as the result of the six CCGs deciding to work more closely together, with a shared management team and a strategic commissioning function which will lead on work that would benefit from being done once across all the clinical commissioning groups.
Mr Douglas is currently the Chief Executive of the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) and will maintain this role alongside his new accountable officer duties.
Dr Bob Bowes, chair of NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “In west Kent, it has been clear to us for some time that our patients would benefit from the local NHS finding ways to work more closely together.
“By appointing a single accountable officer, we will be able to streamline strategic decision-making, freeing up time and resource to focus on the vital task of developing local care, so that people get better access to care and support in their local communities.
“Glenn Douglas has a wealth of experience in the NHS, including as the chief executive of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. He has already been leading the work on integrating health and social care and helping commissioners and providers to work more effectively together.”
Mr Douglas said: “I’m looking forward to the new role. It’s essential that each CCG holds onto local accountability and engagement with clinicians and the public; but it’s also a great opportunity to develop areas where it makes sense to work across the whole patch. By sharing management resources we can maximise the money we have for frontline patient services.”
Mr Douglas was appointed Chief Executive of the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership in September 2017. Prior to that he was the Senior Responsible Officer for the partnership from its formation in 2016 on a part-time basis alongside his chief executive role at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust which he held for ten years. Prior to this he was chief executive of both Ashford & St Peters Hospitals and Eastbourne Hospital. He has worked in finance and operational management in Sussex, Kent and Manchester. He is an accountant by profession.
Ian Ayres, who was formerly Accountable Officer for NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group, is now Managing Director of Medway, North and West Kent.