Four CCGs appoint single leader
Four clinical commissioning groups in Cheshire have appointed a single accountable officer, ahead of a planned merger by 2020.
Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire, Vale Royal and West Cheshire CCGs have appointed Clare Watson as their single accountable officer. She is due to take up the new role in January 2019.
Ms Watson’s appointment comes ahead of plans made by commissioners to formally merge by April 2020.
In September last year, she was appointed as interim accountable office for South Cheshire and Vale Royal CCGs. She was previously strategic commissioning director for Tameside and Glossop CCGs.
In 2017, Eastern, South and Vale Royal CCGs were placed into NHS England’s “capped expenditure” programme due to their poor financial positions. In their latest finance reports, the two CCGs were predicting a combined deficit for 2018-19 of £5.6m.