Multiple leadership changes at northern CCGs

Published: 05 Oct 2017 By Lawrence Dunhill

Liverpool CCG has appointed Jan Ledward as interim chief officer after the resignations of several governing body members over the summer.

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Ms Ledward was joint chief officer for two CCGs in Lancashire – Greater Preston and Chorley and South Ribble.

Several senior sources in the region have told HSJ that Denis Gizzi, managing director of Oldham CCG, is expected to take over Ms Ledward’s previous role. The Lancashire CCGs said they were “considering options for a successor”.

The sources said if Mr Gizzi is confirmed to leave Oldham, an interim may be appointed but the post is likely to be merged with the council’s chief executive post in the medium to long term.

A review of commissioning in Greater Manchester was published by the region’s devolution team over the summer, recommending that CCGs effectively merge with their borough councils to create “strategic commissioning functions”.

Last year, Tameside council chief executive Steve Pleasant took over leadership of Tameside and Glossop CCG, following the departure of Steve Allinson. Gina Lawrence left Trafford CCG in April and has not been permanently replaced.

A spokesman for Chorley and South Ribble and Greater Preston CCGs said: “We are currently considering options for a successor to the role of accountable officer for our CCGs.

“Our two deputy accountable officers are working closely with the chairs to provide leadership stability while this process is underway.”

A spokeswoman for Liverpool CCG said Ms Ledward started on Tuesday and her appointment is for an initial nine month period, after which a further decision would be made.

She said the appointment was made by the CCG, though due to legal directions being in place it was subject to approval by NHS England.

Several of the Liverpool CCG’s governing body stepped down over the summer following an investigation in the CCG’s pay structure.

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