Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group has appointed a new chair and new chief accountable officer.
Adam Doyle will start as chief accountable officer this week, while David Supple has taken up the position of chair.
The departing chief clinical officer, Christa Beesley, and chair, Xavier Nalletamby, are returning to general practice, having announced their intentions to leave earlier this year. They are among a growing number of GPs choosing to leave CCGs to go back to full-time general practice work.
Part of the aim of creating CCGs under the Health Act 2012 was to put GPs and other primary care clinicians in control of commissioning. Analysis by HSJ in 2015 found that more than four-fifths of CCGs had more non-GPs than GPs on their governing bodies.
Dr Supple said his experience as a local GP for 26 years has given him a “good working knowledge of local health and social care issues”.
He said there were clear benefits to GP practices and local services working together “to ensure genuine integration of services over the next five years”.
The CCG will be developing more out of hospital care to reduce accident and emergency admissions to Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals.
Mr Doyle said: “I have the privilege of leading a highly committed team that is dedicated to supporting local hospital, community and GP services through informed local planning and partnerships with local clinicians.
“I want all Brighton and Hove residents to know that the CCG is absolutely committed to talking to local people, listening to what they have to say and giving patients, families and carers the chance to influence how the NHS works for them.”
Mr Doyle was previously chief accountable officer at Merton CCG in south west London. He trained as a physiotherapist and has held a number of senior healthcare roles over the past nine years, in the public and private sector, as a commissioner and a provider.