WORKFORCE: NHS West Sussex chief executive John Wilderspin has been appointed national transition director at the Department of Health, where he will lead the introduction of health and wellbeing boards.

The boards, being set up in each County and City Council area, are intended to bring together commissioners from across the health and social care sectors in order to improve public health.

Mr Wilderspin, who has spent five years at the PCT, will be working at the DH to support NHS organisations, particularly GP commissioners, and councils around the country to introduce their health and wellbeing boards.

He said: “A strong partnership between the NHS and local government is essential if we are to deliver further improvements in health care, social care and public health, and ensure the very best use of our combined resources.”

Mr Wilderspin’s responsibilities for NHS West Sussex will be taken on by Amanda Fadero, the current chief executive of Brighton and Hove and the designate chief executive for the NHS in Sussex PCT “cluster”.

NHS West Sussex itself has signed up to become an “early implementer” of the Health and Wellbeing Boards and says it will have a shadow board in place from April.