• Rachel Munton has worked in various senior and clinical roles in the local area for 40 years
  • Mid Nottinghamshire ICP will encompass services across Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark and Sherwood

A leading nurse has been appointed as the first chair of a recently formed “integrated care provider” in Nottinghamshire, it has been announced. 

Rachel Munton, who has worked in various senior and clinical roles in the local area for 40 years, will chair Mid Nottinghamshire ICP.

The area covered is Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark and Sherwood. 

The ICP describes itself as an alliance “of NHS providers, commissioners and local authorities that work together to deliver care by agreeing to collaborate rather than compete”. It says ICPs “include hospitals, community services, mental health services and GPs” while “social care and independent and third sector providers will also be involved”.

Most recently, Professor Munton has been the managing director of the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network, as well as a lay member of the Mansfield and Ashfield, and Newark and Sherwood clinical commissioning groups’ governing bodies.

Professor Munton has also worked as a director of nursing at Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust and a director of the East Midlands leadership academy. She has also led nurse education programmes at the University of Nottingham. 

In 2014, HSJ named her as one of the 50 most inspirational women in the NHS.

Wendy Saviour, managing director of the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System, which the ICP is part of, said: “Professor Munton’s local knowledge and leadership skills from years of experience working across the East Midlands will be a strong asset to the partnership…

“She will play a pivotal role in enabling local providers to forge closer links between community, mental health and social care services.”

The executive lead of the ICP is Richard Mitchell, chief executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust.