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New CEO appointed at struggling ICB

Published on: 14 Nov 2023

One of England’s most challenged integrated care systems has appointed a new chief executive.

Devon Integrated Care Board has selected Steve Moore as its new leader, following Jane Milligan’s retirement this month.

Mr Moore joins the ICB in February from his role as CEO of Hywel Dda University Health Board, in Carmarthen, Wales – which he has held since 2015.

Prior to his job in the Welsh NHS, Mr Moore had been a director for Devon and Cornwall at NHS England in 2013, and CEO of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly and Devon primary care trusts.

Devon ICS is currently in segment 4 of the NHS Oversight Framework, the equivalent of special measures, and has long grappled with performance and financial problems.

The ICS has only just managed to eliminate two-year elective waits, although it recently earned praise from Getting it Right First Time boss Tim Briggs for work on an elective recovery pilot which uses the retained Nightingale Hospital as an elective centre.

Mr Moore said: “Enabling patients and communities to live long and healthy lives while supporting staff to grow and develop are areas that I am personally passionate about and it’s something that I will continue to champion.”

Devon ICB chair Sarah Wollaston said: “He has extensive experience across the NHS and understands the challenges and opportunities that we face.

“I am confident that he will use his knowledge, expertise and skills to help us meet our ambitions and challenges in the months and years ahead.”

The ICB’s current interim CEO, Bill Shields, who is also the ICB’s finance director, will continue in his role until Mr Moore joins. 

In September HSJ reported the ICB’s U-turn over the appointment of another health chief from Wales – Allison Williams – as its interim CEO.