All 42 integrated care systems (ICSs) have now appointed a chief executive, or declared that they have failed to name one. Recruitment processes for the ICSs began in Autumn 2021 and were run by NHS England. The last ICS to publicise their appointment is the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and West Berkshire ICS. Dr James Kent will act as the chief executive, and is currently the ICS’s executive lead and accountable officer for the three clinical commissioning groups.
Other recent CEO appointments include the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership’s naming of Stephen Eames. “I look forward to building on the work of the partnership over the last five years to help build an even stronger partnership that will deliver better health and care for the future”, said Mr Eames upon his naming.
Six ICSs have confirmed they have failed to appoint a chief executive, including five in the Midlands — Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, Black Country and West Birmingham, Coventry and Warwickshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and Birmingham and Solihull.
Greater Manchester ICS is one of the largest that have failed to appoint a CEO. This was one of the first ICSs to be named, and regarded by some as “a leader in integration and system working, having been made a “devolved” NHS region five years ago”. Further rounds of recruitment will be carried out over the next few months.