• Trafford CCG loses accountable officer after three months
  • Theresa Grant, chief executive of Trafford Council, took over as accountable officer at Trafford CCG on a dual basis in April
  • Her departure follows a change in control at the local authority after May’s local elections

A council executive who recently took over the leadership of a Greater Manchester clinical commissioning group has resigned with immediate effect.

Theresa Grant, chief executive of Trafford Council, took over as accountable officer at Trafford CCG on a dual basis in April, but has now stepped down from both roles.

It follows a change in control at the local authority after May’s local elections, with Labour taking over the council’s leadership from the Conservatives.

Ms Grant said: “Following the recent elections and the establishment of Trafford’s new administration and leader, it is now time for me to move on to new opportunities.”

The leadership of several CCGs in Greater Manchester has recently been taken over by the corresponding council chief executive, as part of efforts to integrate health and social care.

Gina Lawrence, the former chief officer at Trafford CCG, was seconded to Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership last year.

Dr Sally Johnstone, chair of Trafford CCG, said: “Thank you to Theresa Grant for her work over the past few months as accountable officer…

“Interim accountable officer arrangements are being put in place with support and oversight provided by Salford CCG’s accountable officer Anthony Hassall.

“Trafford’s corporate director of commissioning Sara Radcliffe will take on day-to-day responsibility for the CCG.”

Jill Colbert, corporate director for children and families will step up to cover the duties and responsibilities of the chief executive for Trafford Council, as an interim arrangement.