Matthew Tait has taken up a new role as Joint Accountable Officer across Guildford and Waverley, North West Surrey and Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Over the past few months the three CCGs have been working together more closely as organisations, and also through the Surrey Heartlands Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, and this new shared appointment is an opportunity to facilitate even closer working moving forwards.
Matthew joins us from Bedfordshire CCG, where he was Accountable Officer. He has held a number of leadership roles in the NHS and was previously Interim Chief Officer across the three East Berkshire CCGs. Prior to that he was an Area Director for NHS England Thames Valley, covering Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire which included oversight of ten CCGs, four strategic clinical networks and commissioning for a population of over 2 million people.
Commenting on the appointment, Dr Charlotte Caniff, Clinical Chair of North West Surrey CCG said:
“We are delighted to welcome Matthew into this new role. Matthew has held a number of Accountable Officer roles, including a joint role where he previously led three CCGs in East Berkshire, so he brings with him a wealth of experience that will help us realise the benefits of working together more closely. As well as offering many opportunities in terms of efficiency and sharing resources in some areas, we believe this joint approach will also help us deliver our plans to improve care through our work across Surrey Heartlands and plans through our Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.”
This new arrangement will see closer working across the three Clinical Commissioning Groups but the three organisations remain separate legal entities and will continue to have their own Governing Body and Clinical Chair.
Commenting on his new role, Matthew Tait added:
“Having previously worked across the three CCGs in East Berkshire, I understand the benefits of having shared leadership across organisations and the many opportunities this way of working brings. I have already heard about some of the good work happening to improve care across Surrey Heartlands and I look forward to being part of this work as it moves forward.”
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