NHS Greater Huddersfield and NHS North Kirklees CCGs have agreed that both organisations will share a single Chief Officer.
Carol McKenna, NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG substantive Chief Officer, has been appointed to the role, effective from 1 November. The move has been approved by NHS England.
Dr Steve Ollerton local GP and Clinical Leader of NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG said: “The two CCGs have been working together since they were established and already jointly commission a range of services and share a number of staff. The appointment of a single Chief Officer is the next logical step on this journey.”
Richard Parry, who has been seconded to the role of Chief Officer for NHS North Kirklees CCG, will return to his substantive post as Strategic Director for Adults and Health at Kirklees Council. He will continue to support efforts to improve and strengthen integration between the NHS and local authority in Kirklees.
Dr David Kelly, local GP and Chair of NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “We wish Richard all the best for the future as he returns to the local authority and thank him for his contribution to the work of NHS North Kirklees CCG. We look forward to continuing to work with him.”
While the CCGs are changing the way they work, there are no plans for a formal merger and they will therefore remain as separate statutory organisations. Staffing arrangements will be reviewed to ensure that there is appropriate expertise and capacity across the two organisations as a result of this change.