London trust chief approached to lead troubled northern STP

Published: 18 Aug 2017 By Allison Coggan

Simon Pleydell announced in June that he was leaving his role at Whittington Health Trust in September.

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However, HSJ has learned he has been approached to lead Humber, Coast and Vale STP following the decision by Hull Clinical Commissioning Group chief officer Emma Latimer to step down.

A spokesman for NHS England North said: “There are ongoing discussions regarding the future management arrangements of the STP.

“We hope to be in a position to confirm those arrangements in due course.”

The STP, which has two of the 14 areas in the capped expenditure process within its geographical footprint, was rated as “needs most improvement” in July.

HSJ understands the STP, which faces a funding gap of £420m by 2021, has severe challenges in progressing its aims because of the financial restraints placed on north Lincolnshire and York as part of the CEP.

The 28 health and social care organisations involved in the STP are understood to be struggling to move plans forward covering cities and large rural areas due to the constraints.

Ms Latimer, who leads a CCG rated outstanding by NHS England, decided to quit the STP role earlier this year, but the decision was only confirmed by NHS England this month.

CCG chief financial officer Emma Sayner is also stepping down from her STP role as lead financial officer, as both women focus on delivering the “place based” aims of the STP in Hull.

Mr Pleydell was chief executive of South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust for nine years before joining Whittington in April 2014 as interim chief executive.

He was then recruited to the substantive role, remaining at the trust for more than three years.

NHS Improvement chief executive Jim Mackey described him as “nothing short of an outstanding, professional and honourable colleague, and NHS leader” when Mr Pleydell announced his decision to retire.

“He will be greatly missed, but like all good NHS people, I am sure he will continue to contribute to and shape the NHS in some form or another,” Mr Mackey said.

In June, Mr Pleydell said: “Although this may be seen as retirement, I have a number of part time opportunities open to me in the NHS, which I am looking forward to and will give me an improved balance to my life.”

HSJ approached Whittington but Mr Pleydell was unavailable for comment.

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