Hope for “greater stability” after shared roles agreed for Norfolk CCGs

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A pair of Norfolk clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have agreed to establish shared Chief Officer and Chief Finance Officer (CFO) roles.

Subject to final approval from NHS England (NHSE), the shared Chief Officer role will be taken on by South Norfolk CCG’s Chief Officer, Antek Lejk, and the shared CFO role by Helen Stratton, CFO at North Norfolk CCG. The proposals, approved by the CCGs’ governing bodies will also see the creation of a shared finance team.

Although we will be sharing these key roles, the two CCGs remain separate, autonomous bodies with our own clinical leaderships, committed to the areas we serve. That remains unchanged

It is hoped that the shared leadership roles will provide each CCG “greater stability” at a time where recruiting staff is a “major challenge” for “many public sector bodies,” a spokesperson said.

Dr Anoop Dhesi, chairman of North Norfolk CCG, and Dr Hilary Byrne, chairman of South Norfolk CCG, said: “At an extremely difficult time for the NHS, sharing a Chief Officer and Chief Finance Officer and establishing a joint finance team will have clear benefits for both CCGs. By working in this way and sharing senior management expertise, we will both be in a much stronger position to deal with the huge challenges we face.

“Although we will be sharing these key roles, the two CCGs remain separate, autonomous bodies with our own clinical leaderships, committed to the areas we serve. That remains unchanged.”