WORKFORCE: The managing director of South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group has stepped down from his role, it has emerged.

Steve Wallwork, who held the leadership role from the CCG’s establishment as a statutory body, left at the end of August, a spokeswoman said.

She added that Mr Wallwork had been on an extended period of leave, at his request, for personal reasons.

Derek Greatorex, chair at South Devon and Torbay CCG, said: “Steve has made a huge contribution to the NHS locally, not just in shaping the CCG and guiding it through authorisation as a new organisation, but in his years at Torbay Care Trust before that. 

“We have benefited tremendously from his long experience, his integrity and judgment,  and his management skills.

“We are very sorry that he has left the CCG, as he was a highly-valued colleague and immensely popular with our staff. Everyone here wishes him all the very best.”

The CCG has not yet decided whether it will appoint another managing director, a post which reported to its chief clinical officer, Sam Barrell, as it is reviewing its director portfolios.

A CCG spokeswoman said: “In light of [the CCG] potentially taking on the co-commissioning of primary care, any recruitment – if any is decided on - will happen after this review.”