• Nick Relph succeeds Chris Creswick
  • Appointed for six months while ICS searches for permanent chair
  • Mr Creswick retired last month

An integrated care system in the south west of England has appointed Nick Relph as interim chair.

Mr Relph will replace Chris Creswick as independent chair of Gloucestershire ICS, also known as One Gloucestershire, immediately. Mr Creswick retired last month. 

Mr Relph has a long history of executive positions in the NHS, including trust chief executive and managing director at the South East Commissioning Support Unit. He is currently a non-executive director at Gloucestershire Care Services Trust.

His appointment will be for six months while the ICS searches for a permanent chair.

Gloucestershire was one of four areas chosen to be an ICS in May last year.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Relph said: “The award of ICS status to Gloucestershire last year demonstrates the excellent progress made by local NHS and care partners over recent years, but given the challenges we face together, it also presents a rare and special opportunity to transform care to meet the needs of future generations. 

“This is a wonderful chance to build a local NHS and care system that supports individuals and communities to stay healthy and provides the best possible care when and where it is needed, maximising the expertise and skills of our fabulous staff and the resources available.

“I am excited about taking on this interim role and helping our local partners to lead and shape One Gloucestershire’s priorities for the benefit of our patients, carers and their families over the coming months.”

In a statement, the ICS said: “We very much look forward to working alongside Nick, health and care professionals and our valued community partners to help One Gloucestershire rise to the challenges ahead.”