• Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG chief clinical officer says he wants to “rebalance work and family commitments”
  • CCG is under scrutiny following the collapse of an £800m contract
  • Chair praises Neil Modha’s commitment to the CCG

LEADERSHIP: The chief clinical officer of the clinical commissioning group under pressure following the collapse of one of the NHS’s largest ever contracts has stepped down.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG chief clinical officer Neil Modha said he wanted to “rebalance and refocus my work and family commitments” following the birth of his daughter.

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The £800m older people’s services contract in Cambridgeshire collapsed last year

The move follows the CCG – which was already overseeing one of England’s most challenged health economies – facing mounting pressure over the collapse of an £800m older people’s services contract.

The collapse of the UnitingCare Partnership contract is subject to a probe by NHS England and peers have called for the National Audit Office to investigate it.

Dr Modha said: “Over the last year, since the joy of my daughter being born, it has been increasingly difficult to devote as much time as I would like to her and my family, and to meet my commissioning and clinical commitments.

“When I started the role in 2012 my general practice looked after 12,000 patients and we currently look after 19,000, which has led to a greater demand on my time both clinically and in terms of leadership.”

He added: “The CCG has come a long way and I am keen to continue to remain involved at a local level and will stand for election to represent Peterborough on the CCG. I am also keen to develop my work with my local practices as I think networks of general practices will be very important for the future of healthcare.

“I will remain the chief clinical officer whilst we appoint the next accountable officer, but I would like to thank our staff, fellow GP clinical leaders and our GP members for their hard work, support and help in leading the largest CCG in the country. I feel honoured to have had the opportunity to do this on behalf of our member practices, and for our patients.”

CCG chair Maureen Donnelly said: “I am sad to see Neil stand down from this important position, but totally understand his need to rebalance his work and family life. He has shown huge commitment to the organisation and worked incredibly hard to ensure that we continue to deliver good quality patient care for the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. I wish him well for the future and hope that he can continue to be involved locally.”