• Joy Youart resigns as managing director of Kernow CCG, having been suspended since February
  • She was suspended while investigations took place into the “structure, running and finances” of the troubled CCG
  • She will receive no additional pay “other than outstanding contractual payments”

The suspended managing director of Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group has stood down, it has been confirmed.

Joy Youart left the organisation last month after deciding she was “not the right person to take the CCG forward”, the organisation’s chair said.

Ms Youart was suspended in February while an internal investigation took place.

The CCG has never explained the reason for her suspension, but in a statement announcing Ms Youart’s departure earlier this month it said the “structure, running and finances” of the organisation were investigated.

Kernow CCG was placed under legal directions by NHS England in December 2015 after it emerged that it was heading for a large and unexpected deficit.

A review by PwC in May was highly critical of the organisation’s leadership, uncovering “evidence of a culture of bullying and harassment” at the CCG, as well as “confusion and dysfunction” among the executive team, “an overall failure of governance” and a lack of “operational grip”.

In the statement, CCG chair Iain Chorlton said: “During the past few months, Kernow has conducted a number of investigations following the well known and publicised difficulties it faces.

“The investigations have examined its structure, running and finances. Some of these investigations have concluded and made recommendations that the organisation is working steadfastly to implement.

“The press also reported that Ms Youart was suspended while such investigations took place, noting that her suspension was a neutral act and did not imply wrongdoing.

“After much consideration Joy has decided she is not the right person to take the CCG forward and has tendered her resignation, which Kernow has accepted.

“Joy decided that having led Kernow CCG through its inception phase it was time for new challenges for her and a new leader for the CCG in its current phase of financial and organisational recovery.”

Dr Chorlton added that Ms Youart had ceased to be an employee on 7 October and said she would “not receive any additional payment in relation to her departure, other than outstanding contractual payments”.

Since Ms Youart’s suspension in February, the organisation has been run by interim managing director Jackie Pendleton.