WORKFORCE: Christopher Long, chief executive of the Humber PCT cluster, has additionally become chief executive of NHS North Yorkshire and York from next month.

NHS North Yorkshire and York, which faces serious financial challenges, has not been clustered and is a standalone PCT.

Its current chief executive Jayne Brown has been assigned to the NHS Commissioning Board to “support their chief operating officer, Ian Dalton in preparing for the structural changes within the NHS contained in the Health and Social Care Bill”, according to a letter from NHS Humber chair Karen Knapton to staff this week.

The letter says: “I am writing to inform you that as from 1 April 2012, Christopher Long, chief executive at NHS Humber Cluster, will take up the additional position of chief executive at NHS North Yorkshire and York to support both Clusters through transition to April 2013.

“This joint arrangement follows the Interim Management and Support (IMAS) assignment of Jayne Brown OBE, Chief Executive of the North Yorkshire and York Cluster, to the NHS Commissioning Board, where Jayne will support their Chief Operating Officer, Ian Dalton in preparing for the structural changes within the NHS contained in the Health and Social Care Bill.

“During Jayne’s assignment, the Humber Cluster Board and I will continue to work closely with Chris as well as with the North Yorkshire and York Board to ensure we are in a strong position, by April 2013, to safely transfer our responsibilities to the emerging organisations
which will replace us.

“Together, we are already making good progress in the development of a Commissioning Support Service across North Yorkshire and the Humber which will, subject to authorisation, offer a wide range of support to Clinical Commissioning Groups.

“We are also making good progress with the development of the four Humber Cluster Clinical Commissioning Groups (Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire) which are currently operating in shadow form and working closely with many of
you to develop their local plans for health and wellbeing as they progress towards being authorised as statutory bodies.

“We have a strong leadership team in the NHS Humber area and I feel confident that this joint appointment will enable us to remain flexible and maintain our resilience during the next few months.”