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Goodbye, hello to Angela Pedder

On Tuesday HSJ reported the news that Angela Pedder, one of the health service’s longest serving chief executives, is standing down from Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust.

But Ms Pedder won’t be going very far – she’s been appointed “lead chief executive” of the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon success regime.

As I reported in Deep South last week, local leaders are keen to ensure the regime works in tandem with Devon’s “sustainability and transformation plan”.

Ms Pedder has already been appointed STP lead, so for her to take over the success regime certainly makes it more likely that the two programmes will be coherent.

As well as ensuring alignment between the schemes, the appointment adds considerable weight to the NEW Devon success regime. It seems unlikely she would have accepted the role if she didn’t think it was an effective way of achieving genuine change.

For those who feared the success regime would be all about national command and control, Ms Pedder’s appointment will also be viewed as an encouraging sign that the scheme (at least in Devon) will continue to be locally led.

Having steered Royal Devon and Exeter for 19 years, the retention of Ms Pedder’s knowledge of the local health economy within the health economy, can only be read as positive.

But she will leave big shoes to fill on the board.

Whistle stop tour of the South West STP leads

Last week NHS England confirmed the individuals who will lead the five year transformation programmes for NHS services in 41 areas across the country.

Deep South has been following the issue closely, so I thought I’d do a quick whistle stop tour of the region’s eight “sustainability and transformation plan” leads.

Starting at the top of the region, the Gloucestershire footprint is being led by Mary Hutton, accountable officer of Gloucestershire CCG.

In Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Robert Woolley, chief executive of University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust, is holding the ring.

It will be interesting to see whether the STP rejuvenates efforts for further acute services reconfiguration across the city between University Hospitals Bristol and North Bristol Trust.

I’ve also heard whispers that providers in the city are in talks with North Somerset Community Partnership about some sort of wider collaboration involving children’s services. Perhaps the STP will catalyse more examples of this sort of large scale cooperation across the patch?

The STP lead for Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire is James Scott, who has led Royal United Hospitals Bath Foundation Trust for almost a decade.

Richard Samuel, the chief officer of Fareham and Gosport and South Eastern Hampshire CCGs is the lead for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

There is also a commissioner lead in Dorset – Tim Goodson, the chief officer of Dorset CCG. It is unsurprising Mr Goodson is in charge. One of the major questions which needs to be resolved in the Dorset footprint is where a new “major emergency hospital” is situated – either at Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Foundation Trust or Poole Hospital Foundation Trust. Both want to be the emergency centre (the other hospital will lose all emergency activity and become a dedicated planned care site) and the argument about which would be most appropriate is finely balanced.

Matthew Dolman, the chair of Somerset CCG, is lead for the county’s STP footprint. There are ambitious plans for commissioning reform on the patch, so that leadership could be helpful.

As discussed above, Angela Pedder is the STP lead in Devon.

As Deep South revealed last month, Cornwall is looking for an external chair, though Phil Confue of Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust has stepped up to the plate in the meantime.

Cornwall is one of only three footprints where the lead is still “TBC” – a clear sign of the county’s leadership travails.

Deep South

Deep South is HSJ’s new email briefing on the NHS in the South West of England.

It takes an in-depth weekly look at a region which is one of the NHS’s most innovative, but also one of its most turbulent. The patch includes the cities of Bristol and Bath, through Wessex and Dorset, and all the way down the peninsular to Lizard Point.

Please get in touch with any suggestions about what you’d like to see covered and any story tips: will.hazell@emap.com