NHS Confederation deputy chief executive David Stout has been appointed as managing director of two commissioning support units, covering Hertfordshire and Essex.  

Mr Stout - who became director of the confederation’s Primary Care Trust Network in 2007 - will take on both the CSU roles at the beginning of next month. He was appointed deputy chief executive of the confederation in October last year. He was previously chief executive of Newham Primary Care Trust from 2001 to 2007.

Mr Stout said: “I have really enjoyed my time at the NHS Confederation. It has been a great privilege to represent both primary care trusts and the wider NHS on the national stage.

“I have particularly enjoyed working with the NHS Confederation’s brilliant team and all those who make up the organisation’s membership. It will be a big wrench to give up the job but, after five years, it’s time to take on new challenges.

“I am really excited to have been given the chance to lead the two CSUs in Essex and Hertfordshire. I am sure we can make a huge contribution in the new reformed NHS.”

NHS Confederation chief executive Mike Farrar said: “I am really pleased for David. He has made a real contribution to the NHS as a whole and the commissioning system in particular, not least in explaining some of our more complex and controversial NHS decisions to the public.

“His departure leaves me with a big job to fill but it is good news for the new commissioning system and that is important as well.”

The Essex CSU will serve a population of around 1.8 million and the Hertfordshire CSU a population of around 1.2 million.

The NHS Confederation is currently working with the NHS Alliance and National Association of Primary Care to develop NHS Clinical Commissioners, a collaboration aiming to represent clinical commissioning groups in the reorganised NHS.