• Director of council’s adult care services and CCG CEO appointed joint leaders
  • Will continue in current roles in addition to STP leadership positions
  • Appointments are next step towards STP becoming shadow ICS

Senior health and social care leaders have been jointly appointed to head Hertfordshire and West Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

Iain MacBeath, Hertfordshire County Council’s director of adult care services, and Beverley Flowers, chief executive of East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, have been jointly recruited to lead the area’s STP. 

The appointments are the next step towards the STP becoming a shadow integrated care system from April 2020.

The pair will be tasked with delivering the STP’s integrated health and care strategy. They will also work with STP chair Paul Burstow to form an ICS and integrated care partnerships for the area, which covers 1.5 million residents. 

Ms Flowers and Mr MacBeath will each work two days a week leading the STP while continuing in their current roles, with the support of their respective organisations.

They take over from previous STP lead chief officer, Deborah Fielding, who retired in April this year. Ms Fielding was the STP’s first full-time chief executive. 

Mr Burstow, who is a former health minister, said: “I’m delighted that we now have two very committed champions of integrated care at the forefront of our drive to improve population health and deliver high quality, effective and sustainable services.

“Iain and Beverley have more than 40 years of combined experience in their fields. They are both respected leaders and known for their commitment to real partnership working.

“Their track records of putting service users, patients and carers at the heart of everything they do mean that their influence reaches beyond traditional organisational boundaries.

“I am looking forward to working with Beverley and Iain to help deliver a healthier future for our population, our staff and health and care services.”

Mr MacBeath said: “I am delighted to take up this opportunity at such a key stage in the transformation of our health and care system.

“This role gives me the opportunity to work with colleagues in the voluntary sector, our district and county councils and the area’s health and care providers and commissioning organisations to support people to lead happier, healthier lives.”

Ms Flowers added: “Iain and I are committed to ensuring that clinical and professional expertise continues to be nurtured and supported in the Hertfordshire and West Essex STP area.

“We plan to get out and about across the patch, learning from colleagues in West Essex and Hertfordshire and championing the examples of excellent practice that exist across the whole system.

“There is a lot of energy and enthusiasm for positive, person-centred change in our area and we will embrace the challenge of transforming that passion into action.”