The leader of a partnership of clinical commissioning groups has added another CCG to her portfolio after replacing a long-serving chief officer who retired this month.

Maggie MacIsaac will lead Southampton City CCG after John Richards stepped down following 30 years of working in the NHS.

Ms MacIsaac is currently the chief officer for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of CCGs.

The partnership comprises North Hampshire, South Eastern Hampshire, Fareham and Gosport, North East Hampshire and Farnham, and Isle of Wight CCGs.

HSJ has asked Southampton CCG if it is planning to formally join the partnership. The aim of the partnership is to reduce duplication and make the organisation more effective.

Mr Richards served as chief officer for the CCG since its establishment in 2013.

He said: “Ever since I started in this role… I have been telling everyone this is the best job I ever had in the NHS.

“We learned that we could grasp the freedoms that this afforded and get on with trying to do the right thing locally.

“I believe Southampton City CCG has a really important part to play in the wellbeing of the people of this city and will go on to greater achievements after I have left.”

The CCG’s finance officer James Rimmer will become the organisation’s managing director.

The CCG was given an annual assessment rating of “good” by NHS England in July last year.