Chief officer of two Worcestershire CCGs is seconded to lead Herefordshire CCG for two years

Latest in a series of management changes in Worcestershire

Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG has been placed into turnaround by NHS England


WORKFORCE: Two Worcestershire clinical commissioning groups have been left without a permanent accountable officer following the departure of Simon Hairsnape to Herefordshire CCG.

Mr Hairsnape, who is currently chief officer of both Redditch and Bromsgrove and Wyre Forest CCGs, will be joining Herefordshire on secondment until March 2017.

He will be taking over from Jo Whitehead, who will be leaving the CCG board to move to Australia.

Mr Hairsnape will be replaced as joint chief officer of Redditch and Bromsgrove and Wyre Forest CCGs by Simon Trickett, who is currently chief operating officer of South Worcestershire CCG.

The announcement comes during a period when a number of both commissioning and provider organisations in Worcestershire have struggled to find and retain substantive leaders.

Earlier this month Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust chair Harry Turner announced he would be stepping down from the board after six years.

Mr Turner’s departure came just weeks after the trust froze its drive to recruit a permanent chief executive. Chris Tidman has been leading the trust in an interim capacity.

Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG had to submit a financial recovery plan to NHS England last November, and is now in turnaround. Dr Jonathan Wells stepped down as chair of the CCG in December.

Jo Whitehead said: “It has been a hard decision to leave the CCG, but I am confident that with Simon at the helm, the CCG will continue to make progress.

“It has been a privilege to serve the people of Herefordshire and although I am leaving I am delighted that the future of the CCG is in such safe hands.”

“The CCG is delighted to welcome Simon Hairsnape to the team, however. He has a wealth of experience and local knowledge and will be a real asset to Herefordshire CCG.”

Simon Hairsnape was appointed Redditch and Bromsgrove and Wyre Forest’s chief officer in January 2013 after being managing director of Worcestershire primary care trust.

Ms Whitehead had been Herefordshire’s accountable officer since February 2014.