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Bedfordshire CCG appoints new accountable officer

18 March 2015

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has appointed Nick Robinson as full-time accountable officer on an interim basis following the resignation of Dunstable GP Dr Paul Hassan.

Mr Robinson, joins the CCG this week. He has more than 35 years’ NHS experience, including 10 years as an NHS finance director.

Dr Hassan said:

“It is with regret that I have resigned as chief clinical officer of BCCG and will be leaving the organisation at the end of this week.

“I believe that, given our financial position, we need a full-time accountable officer who can give the difficulties we face their full and undivided attention. We have established a strong foundation in terms of our plans for financial recovery and transforming the delivery of healthcare in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire. Now is the right time to step aside and let a new accountable officer lead BCCG into the next phase.

“I am proud of what we have achieved for patients. At the first meeting of practices to develop the CCG in Bedfordshire, we agreed that the organisation should be led by clinicians and focus on safe care for our patients. I believe we have achieved that and would like to thank all my colleagues for their help and support.”

Chairman of Bedfordshire CCG Steve Hone said:

“We welcome Nick to BCCG. We are fortunate to have appointed someone with his track record in the NHS and I look forward to working with him.

“I should also like to thank Paul for his huge contribution to the CCG and the support he has given me as Chair. We have achieved a great deal for patients under Paul’s leadership especially in the improvements we have made to the safety and quality of care available to our patients. A&E departments at our two acute hospitals are among the highest performers in the country; hospital acquired infection rates are among the lowest in the region and cancer targets are on track.”

Nick Robinson said:

“I am looking forward to working with GPs in Bedfordshire and BCCG staff. My immediate task will be to continue the work that has already been done to regain control of our finances and ensure we have the systems in place to deliver our financial recovery plans without compromising the high standard of care available to local people.”

For further information contact the communications team on 01525 864 406,communications@bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk

Notes to editors

·         In 2014-2015, BCCG has a budget of approximately £440m to spend on healthcare services for Bedfordshire. In January this year, BCCG announced that it was forecasting a deficit of between £26m and £34m for this financial year (2014/15). Earlier this month, BCCG confirmed that its forecast deficit had risen to up to £40m.

·         Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 441,000 people who live in Bedfordshire. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.

·         BCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. All 55 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members of the CCG which is divided into five areas, which we call localities. These are: Bedford, Chiltern Vale, Leighton Buzzard, Ivel Valley and West Mid Bedfordshire and all of the 55 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members.

·         You can read more about how BCCG is organised in our constitution. It explains how we operate, make decisions and our governance structures and processes. You can also read our corporate plan which sets out our priorities and aims for 2014-15.

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