A former trust chief executive has been appointed leader of a sustainability and transformation partnership covering two counties in the South West.
Chris Bown will start as senior responsible officer of the Bath and north east Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire STP, which is rated advanced by NHS England, next week.
He will lead the work of the 21 organisations that make up the STP and succeed interim senior responsible officer Rachel Pierce, who joined in July.
Mr Bown began his NHS career at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals and took up his first executive level post at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in 1991 as director of operations.
He has since been chief executive of several hospital trusts, including Poole and West Suffolk.
He spent six months in charge of County Hospital, Stafford, between September 2014 and March 2015, before resigning, and then became interim chief executive of East Kent Foundation Trust.
Mr Bown also spent 11 months working with KPMG advising the Bahamian government on the implementation of national health insurance.
He said: “We have a real opportunity to work differently across a large geography to align the skills and expertise that exists within all of our partner organisations and deliver better, higher value health and social care for our population.
“While I welcome the rating by NHS England, I fully recognise that this was an assessment of the starting position of the work by the STP rather than how effective it has been up until this point in delivering quality improvements and efficiencies.”
Mr Bown starts his role on Monday.
The previous permanent senior responsible officer was Royal United Hospitals Bath FT chief executive James Scott, who stepped down from the STP in the summer.