• Adam Doyle has been temporary accountable officer for group for last three months
  • CCGs cover population of 1.8 million people

The eight clinical commissioning groups in Sussex and East Surrey have appointed a permanent single accountable officer.

Adam Doyle has been the temporary accountable officer for all the CCGs for the past three months but the role has now been made permanent and the job title changed to chief executive officer. 

Mr Doyle has led Brighton and Hove CCG since 2016 but, over the last year, has slowly taken on the other seven CCGs temporarily when their accountable officers moved to other positions within the local health economy. He was appointed to the permanent position after an interview process, although the post was not externally advertised.

The eight CCGs within the Sussex and East Surrey Sustainability and Transformation Partnership cover a population of 1.8 million people, one of the biggest areas to be led by a single accountable officer.

All the CCGs, with the exception of Brighton and Hove, had significant deficits in 2017-18 and a number have been under directions from NHS England. However, in November, three of them – East Surrey, Crawley and Horsham and Mid Sussex –  were removed from directions around quality of leadership after 10 months of Mr Doyle’s leadership.

Speaking on behalf of all of the clinical chairs, Elizabeth Gill, clinical chair for High Weald Lewes Havens CCG, said: “It was always the intention to make the shared leadership role permanent and we are delighted that Adam has agreed to take up the post. Since Adam began overseeing all eight of our CCGs, we have already seen a number of benefits to how we have worked.”

Dr Gill continued: “Our relationships with providers and regulators has improved, there has been greater strategic oversight that has allowed for more consistency in how we work, and we have been able to manage risks, issues and large pieces of work in a more robust and collaborative way. We have also seen some of our CCGs achieve a greater grip on finances and improve internal processes.

“We believe having Adam as the single CEO, our organisations will be able to build on the progress we have already been making and be in a stronger position to address the challenges we collectively face.”

Mr Doyle said: “I’m delighted to take up the role and am looking forward to continuing the progress that we have been able to make across the commissioning system.

”We have made real strides over the last year thanks to the hard work of staff and greater collaborative working with providers and partners and we now have the opportunity to take this further.”