- Essex success regime CCGs select single commissioning chief
- Mid Essex CCG accountable officer Caroline Rassell seconded to role
- Ms Rassell will head new committee to oversee commissioning across the patch
The five clinical commissioning groups in the mid and south Essex success regime area have appointed a single lead accountable officer.
Mid Essex CCG accountable officer Caroline Rassell has been appointed lead officer for the Mid and South Essex sustainability and transformation partnership CCG joint committee and senior responsible officer for local health and care.
Ms Rassell has been seconded to the role with immediate effect for 18 months but will retain her Mid Essex CCG role.
A statement by the CCGs said: “[Ms Rassell’s] role will be to oversee the developments of hospital services across mid and south Essex.
“The CCG joint committee is made up of the GP chairs and accountable officers from each of the five CCGs in the STP area – namely Southend; Castle Point and Rochford; Basildon and Brentwood; Thurrock; and Mid Essex. The joint committee will act collectively in the planning, securing and monitoring of health services for 1.2 million people living in mid and south Essex.”
The statement added that the committee would commission and manage the contracts for NHS and independent sector acute, NHS 111 and out of hours, ambulance, patient transport and acute mental health services. All other decisions about healthcare will be taken by individual CCGs.
The development follows the patch’s acute providers announcing last March that Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust chief Clare Panniker was to head up a new leadership team overseeing the three hospital trusts under an unprecedented “group” model.
System leaders hope the new structures will pave the way for a significant reconfiguration across the financially challenged patch.
The success regime has ambitiously pledged to balance an estimated £216m overspend across the mid and south Essex health economy by 2018-19.