• Croydon Health Services Trust’s new chief executive to jointly lead CCG
  • Comes as six CCGs in south London are in the process of merging

A trust chief executive will jointly lead its local clinical commissioning group from October, as part of a shared management structure established by the two bodies.

Matthew Kershaw, who has led Croydon Health Services Trust on an interim basis since September 2018, will become the trust’s substantive chief executive as well as the “place based leader” at Croydon CCG.

HSJ understands Mr Kershaw will perform a managing director type role at the CCG. Sarah Blow, who already heads five other CCGs in south London, will become Croydon’s accountable officer.

The formal arrangements will change again once Croydon CCG is merged into a single commissioner with Kingston CCG, Merton CCG, Richmond CCG, Sutton CCG, and Wandsworth CCG – which is expected to happen by April 2020. Once that happens, it is expected Mr Kershaw will continue to lead on Croydon work within the enlarged commissioner.

The CCG and the trust said one of Mr Kershaw’s “early tasks” will be to create “a single executive leadership team between the trust and CCG”. They already share a chief pharmacist and a chief nurse.

Croydon CCG and the trust announced in May that they would be appointing a joint executive leader. It is thought to be the first area in England to take this step. Several other CCGs around the country share a chief executive/accountable officer with their local council.

Agnelo Fernandes, chair of Croydon CCG, added: “While the CCG and Croydon Health Services Trust remain separate statutory bodies, by jointly appointing Matthew we will support the alignment of our two organisations and focus our work on our common purpose.”

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