Work to plan the five-year transformation of NHS services in two of England’s biggest cities is to be led by local authority chief executives, NHS England revealed this afternoon. 

NHS England today announced the individuals appointed to lead ”sustainability and transformation planning” in eight of the 44 geographic “footprints” across the country. The remainder have yet confirmed

The leaders named today are:

  • Greater Manchester footprint: Sir Howard Bernstein (CEO, Manchester City Council)
  • Birmingham and Solihull footprint: Mark Rogers (CEO, Birmingham City Council)
  • Lancashire and South Cumbria footprint: Amanda Doyle (Chief Clinical Officer, NHS Blackpool CCG)
  • North Central London footprint: David Sloman (CEO, the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Devon footprint: Angela Pedder (Chief Executive, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Frimley Health footprint: Sir Andrew Morris (Chief Executive of Frimley Health Foundation Trust)
  • Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West footprint: David Smith (Chief Executive of NHS Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group)
  • Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland footprint: Toby Sanders (Accountable Officer of NHS West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group)

The national body today also confirmed the 44 patches, which are as revealed last week by HSJ. HSJ’s STP map also shows the CCG membership of each patch and the anticipated leaders of some further patches.

NHS England is expected to confirm leaders of the remainder of the patches, and publish additional guidance on producing STPs, in the next few days.

The STP process is the main NHS strategic planning process for the next five years. It requires more joint leadership and agreement of plans than in recent years, and funding rules state that access to sustainibility and transformation funding will be linked to successful STP work. Plans must be submitted by the end of June.

Mr Rogers, leader for the Birmingham and Solihull footprint, said: “I am pleased that through a natural consensus, my council and NHS colleagues across Solihull and Birmingham have shown faith and confidence in me to take and develop a system leadership role across our shared places.

”This will give me the opportunity to see if we can make some pretty seismic changes to the way we address the needs of local people at a time when quality, service models and finances are all under immense pressure. I look forward to working collaboratively with the many organisations who can – and must – act together and in harmony to improve our citizens’ lives.”

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said: “Now is quite obviously the time to confront – not duck – the big local choices needed to improve health and care across England over the next five years, and STPs are a way of doing this.

“Their success will largely depend on the extent to which local leaders and communities now come together to tackle deep-seated and long-standing challenges that require shared cross-organisational action. The NHS nationally will be working closely to support them in doing that.”

Amanda Doyle, leader for Lancashire and South Cumbria footprint, said: “I am very pleased to be working with my colleagues across the Lancashire and South Cumbria STP footprint as we draw up our plans to make sure that health services in our area rise to the challenges set out in the Five Year Forward View.

“I am very conscious that my role is only one of many that will be needed if we are to secure sustainable services and I don’t underestimate the task that we have ahead of us. I am looking forward to the opportunity to see how other areas are tackling the same sorts of issues that we face – I am sure that there is much that we can learn from one another.”

Revealed: Leaders named for eight major STP patches