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New chair for red-rated ICS

Published on: 31 Jan 2022

Sir Andrew Cash has been appointed as interim chair of Lincolnshire’s integrated care board.

The highly experienced NHS manager is due to step down shortly as the leader of South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System, which he has developed for about five years and which was one of the first ICSs. He was chief executive of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust until 2018, and is deputy chair of the NHS Confederation.

Each ICS will have two boards, of which the “NHS integrated care board” is one. ICBs are due, from July, to take on most statutory functions from clinical commissioning groups, and will be responsible for planning and purchasing NHS services.

Lincolnshire ICS was given the lowest rating of four under NHS England’s system oversight framework in November. The large rural and coastal county has had long-standing problems with care quality.

The current ICB interim chair, Elaine Baylis, is stepping down. She is currently chair of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust and Lincolnshire Community Health Services Trust. The ICB told HSJ she would now resume those two substantive roles.