Three West Midlands clinical commissioning groups have appointed their first joint accountable officer – a year after they merged their leadership team.

Simon Trickett will lead Redditch and Bromsgrove, Wyre Forest, and South Worcestershire CCGs. 

The move is extension of Mr Trickett’s current role as interim accountable officer at Redditch and Bromsgrove and Wyre Forest CCGs. He was previously the chief operating officer at South Worcestershire CCG.

In a joint statement, the chairs of the three CCGs said Mr Trickett has been “integral part of the development of all three CCGs over the last five years”.

Mr Trickett has worked in the NHS locally since 2008 and spent most of his life in Worcestershire.

He said: “We know that there are a lot of improvements to local health services that are required and that there are improvements that we can make by working with our partners.”

While the CCGs share a leadership team, HSJ understands they do not plan to merge.

As part of changes, Carl Ellson, clinical chief officer for South Worcestershire CCG, has moved to new strategic clinical lead role for all three CCGs.

Mr Trickett will also replace substantive accountable officer Simon Hairsnape at Wyre Forest and Redditch and Bromsgrove CCGs. Mr Hairsnape has already resigned to take up a role at Herefordshire CCG.

Commissioners aim to tackle Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG’s £5.5m deficit from last financial year, which was £8m worse than planned at the beginning of 2016-17.

The CCGs are expected to jointly approve a major reconfigurations of acute services in Worcestershire tomorrow.

Mr Trickett will start his new role on 1 August.