Chief Executive

Up to £197,500
Closing date
26 Sep 2021

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NHS England, Integrated Care System
Executive, Chief Executive
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Integrated care systems are partnerships between the organisations that meet health and care needs across an area, to coordinate services and to plan in a way that improves population health and reduces inequalities between different groups.

Frimley Health and Care is a partnership of local health, care, voluntary and community organisations and has been operating as a Wave 1 ICS since 2017 and covers a diverse population of over 800,000 people in East Berkshire, North East Hampshire and Farnham, and Surrey Heath.

Partner organisations work together to provide the conditions in which local people can be healthy and helping them do so by making decisions about shared priorities, how funding is used, and what can be done together to make the biggest difference with and for local people.

Partner organisations include:

  • Bracknell Forest Council
  • Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
  • Slough Borough Council
  • Hampshire County Council
  • Surrey County Council
  • Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
  • Frimley Health Foundation Trust
  • Surrey and Borders Partnership Foundation Trust
  • Frimley CCG
  • South Central Ambulance Service
  • South East Coast Ambulance Service

There is a long history of working together on shared challenges and opportunities. Frimley Health and Care is focused on the things that matter most, working with patients, local people, staff and partners to help all live healthier lives. This means people receiving and having access to seamless holistic services that meet their physical and mental health needs at the earliest possible opportunity. Through a focus on the individual, as opposed to structure, there is an increased priority on prevention and pro-active care rather than reactive treatment. The focus is to increasingly deliver the majority of an individual’s care needs in their local community and to reduce the need for hospital-based care.​

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The Opportunity

Do you have the vision to deliver a new healthcare approach for patients in England?

Integrated care systems (ICSs) are partnerships of health and care organisations that come together to plan and deliver joined up services and to improve the health of people who live and work in their area. They exist to improve outcomes in population health and healthcare; tackle inequalities in patient outcomes, experience and access; enhance productivity and value for money and support broader social and economic development in their area.

As CEO of the ICS’s Integrated Care Board (ICB) you will work with your colleagues, your community and your partners to deliver a long-term strategy to achieve this.

There are now 42 ICSs covering the whole of England, each serving between 500,000 and three million people. Each ICB will hold a substantial budget for commissioning high quality patient care and the authority to establish performance arrangements to ensure this is delivered.

Final appointment as ICB Chief Executive would be dependent on the passage of the Health and Care Bill, and, subject to any potential amendments made to that Bill, be made formally by the ICB Chair on establishment.

These are significant, high-profile roles at the cutting edge of public sector reform. To succeed you will need:

  1. To share our belief that ICSs should reflect all the communities they serve and the ambition of the NHS long term plan.
  2. Significant board level, and CEO experience leading across regulated environments.
  3. Strong, strategic leadership skills, critical reasoning and numeracy, with the experience of stewardship of significant public funds, good governance and delivering impactful public outcomes.
  4. A track record of leading transformational and digital change and an ability to establish a new organisation, top-team and healthy, stakeholder-led culture across your system. You will know how to lead sophisticated engagement and performance strategies at system level.
  5. To be politically astute and an exceptional communicator. This will be demonstrated though a track record of building trusted partnerships which have driven practical, community-led change.
  6. To bring current health experience and thinking which drives improvements in care, long-term, preventative strategies for population health and for tackling health inequality.
  7. You will have great personal integrity and expect this in others. You will actively champion diversity, inclusion, and equality of opportunity for all.

We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity.  We know through experience that the different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better patient outcomes. We welcome applications irrespective of people’s age, disability, sex, gender, identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or other personal circumstances. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustment for people who have a disability.

Find out more

If you have any queries please refer to the Applicant Information Pack on this site initially. If you would like a confidential discussion regarding the role, please contact:

Rhiannon Smith at our executive search partner, Hunter Healthcare, at


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