Public Health England chief executive Duncan Selbie has been appointed chair of the North East’s commission for health and social care integration.

The commission, which has a remit to “review the scope and basis for further health and social care integration”, is one of the key components of the region’s devolution deal. The deal included no firm devolution of health and care powers, but said this would be considered for the future. It is expected to report back this summer.

The commission is being established by the North East Combined Authority and the NHS. The agreement covers the local authority areas of Durham, Northumberland, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle and Sunderland.

In a statement relating to his appointment as chair of the commission, Mr Selbie said: “I look forward to the challenge of helping ensure that the combined authority has the best possible blueprint for integration, collaboration and devolution, which will enable it to improve outcomes and reduce health inequalities for local people.”

Combined authority chair Simon Henig said Mr Selbie would bring “significant experience, knowledge and understanding” of the sectors.

He has been chief executive of Public Health England since 2013 and before that Mr Selbie spent five years as chief executive of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust.

In an interview with HSJ sister title LGC in December, Mr Selbie said cuts to public health budgets of almost 10 per cent over the next four years were “reasonable”.