• Alistair Mulvey, chief finance officer for six Staffordshire CCGs, has resigned 
  • Departure comes as CCGs are expected to announce £53m deficit

The chief finance officer for six clinical commissioning groups facing financial difficulties has resigned.

Alistair Mulvey, finance director and deputy accountable officer for the CCGs in Staffordshire, stepped down at the end of May.

The CCGs are expected to report a £53m year-end deficit for 2018-19, against a £20.1m deficit control total. Annual accounts are due to be published in the coming weeks.

Mr Mulvey told HSJ his departure was not connected to the financial deterioration, saying his journey to work from home in Liverpool had become “unsustainable in terms of health [and] family balance”.

He had initially worked for the two CCGs in the north of the county, but then faced a much longer commute when they integrated with the four CCGs in the south, and his base moved to Stafford.

In March, the six CCGs were forecasting a far worse year-end deficit position of around £80m. However, after Cannock Chase and Stafford and Surrounds CCGs received £27m in commissioner support funding, the forecast combined deficit was reduced to £53m. Most of the deterioration against the original control total relates to Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

The other CCGs in the patch are East Staffordshire, and South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula.

Marcus Warnes, accountable officer of the six CCGs, said: “Alistair Mulvey has resigned from his post as the chief finance officer and deputy accountable officer with the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs, his resignation [was] effective as of 31 May 2019.

“Alistair has been a valued member of the executive team and has contributed positively to the development of the CCGs, the services they commission and the Staffordshire health system as a whole. After two and a half years in the post he has decided to pursue career opportunities elsewhere.”

According to his LinkedIn profile, Mr Mulvey is also a director for a consultancy firm. He was previously finance director at Wirral University Hospitals Foundation Trust, and North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust.