- Leading chief executive steps down as leader to the Hertfordshire and west Essex STP
- Tom Cahill returns to working full time as chief of Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust
- Deborah Fielding, chief executive of West Essex CCG, takes on the role
Tom Cahill, chief executive of Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust, has stepped down as leader of his regional sustainability and transformation partnership after 15 months in the post.
Hertfordshire and west Essex STP has appointed Deborah Fielding, chief executive of West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, to lead the STP full time.
Ms Fielding will take over the position from Mr Cahill next week.
Mr Cahill said “the time is now right to hand over the reins to a full time leader, so that the full potential of the partnership can be reached”.
Mr Cahill started in the role in October 2016 for two days a week. He is very well respected within the NHS and was the HSJ Awards’ chief executive of the year in 2017.
He will return to working full time at his trust but said a “key part” of his role would be to continue to lobby for good mental heathcare across the STP.
Mr Cahill took over the STP leadership from Beverley Flowers, accountable officer for East and North Hertfordshire CCG. She stepped down in August 2016 due to concerns about the time needed to carry out the role. Ms Flowers held the role for six months.
Ms Fielding said there was “a long road ahead” to realise the STP “vision”.
She started her career as a nurse at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and worked as a midwife and health visitor before moving into health service management.