London’s health and care partners share an ambition to make London the world’s healthiest global city. We have been working together to turn this aspiration into a Health and Care Vision for the capital, building on existing plans such as the Mayor of London’s Health Inequalities Strategy and the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP), as well as Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) plans.
Across London there are currently four STPs: North Central London (NCL), North East London (NEL), North West London (NWL), and South West London (SWL) as well as one Integrated Care System (ICS): South East London (SEL).
It is anticipated that the four London STPs will each develop into an ICS by April 2021.
All five are supported by the London regional team at NHS England and NHS Improvement, whose role is to work with all NHS organisations in the capital; ensuring that together we provide excellent services that meet the needs of our patients and service users.
To help ensure the robustness of future governance arrangements we are now looking to appoint an Independent Chair for each current/aspirant ICS. This will be the only mandated role in an ICS and provides accountability to the system through the Integrated Care Partnership Board, which will in turn be held accountable both by me, as the London Regional Director for NHS England and NHS Improvement, and by system partners – including local government.
As system leaders, these Chairs will also form part of my senior leadership team across London. A pivotal part of the Independent Chairs’ responsibilities will be working and building relationships with:
- CCG Governing Bodies
- NHS Trust/FT Boards
- NHS England/Improvement
- Health & Well-being Boards
- Primary Care Networks
- Universities and the academic sector
- Local MPs, council officers and members
- Community and voluntary sector representatives.
Beyond this, they will provide independent leadership, establish effective governance, and support the implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan for London, overseeing and role-modelling the shared leadership values of the NHS in the capital.
As STP/ICSs are not statutory organisations, we are looking to recruit 5 experienced system leaders who are able to operate effectively in an environment with an unusually high degree of flexibility and where highly developed influencing skills, political awareness and the exercise of informal authority is paramount.
In addition, applicants will need to have gained significant experience in how boards of large, complex organisations, operating in a highly regulated environment, work.
We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all and appointments are made on merit. We believe that the most effective boards are those that reflect the communities they serve.
We particularly welcome applications from women, people from the local black and minority ethnic communities, and people living with disabilities, who are under-represented in chair and non-executive roles.
Thank you for your time and attention.
Sir David Sloman
London Regional Director
NHS England and NHS Improvement