STRUCTURE: The primary care trust cluster has reported “good progress” in appointing directors but still has a gap in finance.

In her July board report cluster chief executive Ann Sutton gave a progress report on the organisation’s establishment.

She said:  “Good progress is being made with the appointment of associate directors in all the main roles and the appointment of locality directors to support clinical commissioning groups.”

But she added: “As a cluster director of finance has not yet been appointed, work continues to agree a suitable solution.”

Ms Sutton also told the board that the first workshop between local GP clinical commissioners and the cluster’s executive team had taken place and would occur on a monthly basis.

She added: “A commissioning development committee is now in place chaired by the chief executive and this is designed to lead and co-ordinate the programmes of commissioning development which include development and authorisation of clinical commissioning groups, transfer of functions to the national commissioning support, developing the offer of commissioning support and establishment of the health and wellbeing boards.

“Work is well underway to consolidate the internal and external communication processes including the introduction of a weekly message from the chief executive entitled ‘Forward Thinking’, which so far has covered the topics of safeguarding and the Kent and Medway Strategy for Mental Health and Well Being.”