• Adam Doyle adds SRO post to CCG role
  • Bob Alexander will become independent chair
  • Three organisations to work more closely with neighbouring STP

A sustainability and transformation partnership which has faced a turbulent few years has appointed new leadership.

Adam Doyle has been named senior responsible officer for the Sussex and East Surrey STP. He will also continue in his role as accountable officer for the area’s eight clinical commissioning groups.

The STP’s executive chair Bob Alexander – former deputy chief executive of NHS Improvement – will become independent chair. This is in line with requirements in the long-term plan that all STPs and integrated care systems should have an independent chair. Mr Alexander had been the executive chair for 18 months.

Three CCGs in the STP were partially taken out of legal directions in the last financial year. Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex were taken out of legal directions over governance, though remained under the arrangements for financial performance. Brighton and Hove CCG was also lifted out of legal directions in August 2017. 

A number of CCGs in the STP and two providers – Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust and East Sussex Healthcare Trust – have also previously run large deficits. However, this year, many of these deficits have reduced and have remained within predicted levels.

Mr Alexander said: “We have made significant strides across the STP over the last year and now have a good foundation to build on to start to bring real improvements to how we work as a system. These new arrangements will help us do this and respond to the expectations set out in the long-term plan.

“Adam’s additional role of senior responsible officer will help us deliver the transformational changes that we now need to make to continue the progress we have made across our system.”

Anne Eden, regional director for NHS England and NHS Improvement South East, said: “We believe these arrangements will provide the consistent and stable leadership that is required to take the Sussex and East Surrey system forward.

“We recognise that the STP has made some significant improvements and progress in a number of areas over the last year and we are confident this can continue as the system develops.”

Meanwhile, the STP also announced three of its organisations are to work more closely with neighbouring Surrey Heartlands STP. East Surrey CCG, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust and First Community Health and Care – a social enterprise which provides community health services primarily in East Surrey – will seek to “align, share and integrate ways of working” with the STP.

Correction: An earlier version of this article referred to Surrey and East Sussex STP, when it should have referred to Sussex and East Surrey STP. This has now been corrected as of 13:35 on 2 April.