• Former NHSE CEO to chair Herefordshire and Worcestershire STP
  • Comes after he was appointed chair of local hospital trust
  • CCG AO to become joint STP leader

Sir David Nicholson has been appointed the chair of a West Midlands sustainability and transformation partnership, HSJ can reveal.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire STP, which covers a population of about 800,000, confirmed on Monday that the former NHS England chief executive would become its new chair. The move is part of a wider leadership shuffle.

In addition, Simon Trickett, accountable officer for the region’s four clinical commissioning groups, will join Worcestershire Health and Care Trust chief executive Sarah Dugan as joint STP lead.

Sir David was appointed the chair of the deeply-troubled Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust in May 2018. The role was made permanent earlier this year and his term runs until 2023.

The trust is rated “inadequate” by the Care Quality Commission and is in the special measures regime. It is also running a large deficit.

In a statement, Sir David said: “Although the challenges that the NHS faces locally are often most visible in our acute hospitals, what is clear is that we will only find long-term deliverable solutions to those problems by working in partnership across the health, care and voluntary sectors and the STP will be at the heart of making that happen.”

Sir David is replacing Charles Waddicor as chair, who was appointed for a fixed term in late 2017.