• Two accountable officers to cover the 12 south London commissioning groups before mergers planned for April
  • Current Lambeth CCG lead will move into the borough’s integrated health and social care partnership

There will be just two chief executives covering the 12 groups in south London from October, ahead of planned mergers in April next year.

At present there are 12 CCGs split into a south west London alliance of CCGs and the south east London integrated care system, which was designated last month. Regional leaders hope to merge the six CCGs in each of the two southern parts of the city into two unified commissioning groups next spring.

At present, five of the six in each of the two systems share a chief executive/accountable officer. But two CCGs, one in each system - Lambeth and Croydon - have not fitted the pattern, as they together share a different chief executive/accountable officer - Andrew Eyres.

On Thursday it was announced that Andrew Bland, the south east London ICS lead and accountable officer of Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham and Southwark CCGs, will also become interim accountable officer of Lambeth CCG.

Sarah Blow, the accountable officer for Merton, Kingston, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth CCGs in south west London, will become the interim accountable officer for Croydon CCG. Ms Blow is also the senior responsible officer for the South West London Health and Care Partnership.

The six CCGs in the south west of the capital are proposing to merge by April 2020, to form the South West London CCG.

The accountable officer position at Lambeth and Croydon CCGs will in October be vacated by Mr Eyres, who will take on a new post in Lambeth as strategic director of integrated health and care.

He will be employed by the council and CCG, and the job will cover adult social care and, from 1 April 2020, leadership of health commissioning in the borough as part of the wider South East London CCG. He will develop Lambeth Together, an integrated health and social care partnership, the statement said.

Meanwhile in Croydon, a joint system leader post is being recruited, who will be both chief executive of Croydon Health Services Trust, and, initially, managing director of the CCG.