HSJ brought together a panel of trust chief executives drawn from its annual list of the NHS’s Top 50 CEOs. Their discussion ranged across clarity of purpose for ICSs, the need for a coherent operating model and robust accountability

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Despite ICSs formally launching on 1 July, the chiefs said there was still no clarity about how the service would be supported and held to account as the Health and Care Bill reforms are rolled out and the stuttering covid recovery continues.

The CEOs were speaking at a roundtable to mark the publication of HSJ’s annual ranking of the NHS’s “top 50 trust chief executives”.

Read the full report here.

The panel

  • Glen Burley, chief executive, Wye Valley Trust, George Eliot Hospital Trust and South Warwickshire Foundation Trust
  • Caroline Clarke, chief executive, Royal Free London Foundation Trust
  • Neil Dardis, chief executive, Frimley Health Foundation Trust
  • Julian Emms, chief executive, Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
  • Beccy Fenton, partner and UK head of health and human services, KPMG
  • Joe Harrison, chief executive, Milton Keynes University Hospital Foundation Trust
  • Angela Hillery, chief executive, Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and Leicestershire Partnership Trust
  • Matthew Kershaw, chief executive, Croydon Health Services Trust
  • Sir James Mackey, chief executive, Northumbria Healthcare Trust
  • Sarah-Jane Marsh, chief executive, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Foundation Trust
  • Steve McManus, chief executive, Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust
  • Paul Roberts, chief executive, Gloucestershire Health and Care Foundation Trust
  • Matthew Trainer, chief executive, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust
  • Eugine Yafele, chief executive, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston Foundation Trust
  • Alastair McLellan, HSJ editor, roundtable chair