The commissioning support units hosted by the NHS Commissioning Board will not be allowed to have their own boards, it has been announced.

The decision is outlined in the August edition of the commissioning board’s monthly commissioning support bulletin, published today.

The document says: “The governing body of a CSU cannot be a ‘board’ or have non-executive directors.

“CSUs are however encouraged to consider proxy arrangements to ensure lay involvement.”

The board, which is running the recruitment process for senior level CSU appointments, has also announced that managing directors have been appointed to five more of the organisations.

The appointments mean that a total of 15 CSU leaders have been chosen, out of 23 CSUs.

Four of the new recruits were all already leading their CSUs as interim managing directors.

They are:

  • Alison Hughes, West Yorkshire CSU;
  • Nick Relph, South London CSU;
  • Daryl Robertson, Kent and Medway CSU;
  • Maddy Ruff, North Yorkshire and Humber CSU.

Meanwhile Clodagh Warde Robinson has been appointed managing director of Surrey and Sussex CSU.  She was previously deputy chief executive and director of strategy and new business at Sussex Community NHS Trust.

The board has also published suggested job descriptions for CSU chief operating officers, human resources directors, and commercial and contracting services directors.

The job descriptions are not compulsory, but the commissioning board hopes they can be used by managing directors to quickly recruit to senior roles.

The board began the appointment process for CSU finance directors today. In the first phase only staff whose jobs are “at risk and affected by change” can apply. The closing date for applications is 24 August and interviews will start in next month.