Future Needs For Commissioning Health Services In Essex

Andrew Pike
Andrew Pike
Andrew Pike

Pam Court, Chief Executive at NHS South West Essex has been appointed to lead a transformation programme for healthcare services across Essex.

To reduce NHS management costs and prepare for change to health commissioning for 2012, Pam has been appointed on secondment as Essex Transition Lead Chief Executive with effect from 5 July 2010. In this capacity, she will collaborate with the five Essex Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) together with Essex local authorities, GPs, Essex healthcare providers and other key partners.

This appointment reflects Pam’s wealth of expertise in managing transformational change within the NHS. Throughout the secondment Andrew Pike, Chief Executive of NHS South East Essex, will work across both organisations as Interim Chief Executive of NHS South West Essex in addition to his permanent role as Chief Executive at NHS South East Essex.

Pam Court. said “The challenges that face the NHS over the next two years are great, as we reduce the cost of managing the NHS, seek efficiencies in how we deliver healthcare to invest in new and better patient-centred services, and in preparing GPs for their new leadership role as commissioners. I am delighted with this opportunity, but will miss South West Essex and all my staff and colleagues.  I am very proud of the successes of our organisation and the improvements we have delivered for our public. I wish my successor and the Board every success going forward and will still be working closely with them as we shape the future together.”

Derek Morrison, Chair of NHS South West Essex, said: “Pam will bring a wealth of experience and skill to this very important role. If we are to do all the things we need to do over the coming years then an experienced and respected leader who can bring the NHS together in Essex is vital. Pam is that leader and I look forward to working with her in the role.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Pam for all the hard work and dedication she has shown over her three and a half years with South West Essex PCT. During a challenging period, she has led the PCT to many successes that have improved the quality of care for our population. I know I speak for all at South West Essex PCT in  expressing our deep appreciation and in wishing her well in her new and exciting Essex-wide role.”

In her assignment, Pam will report to David Barron, Chair of NHS Mid Essex, who is the lead Chair for the Essex Project Board, comprising the Chairs and Chief Executives Group.

David Barron said: “Pam has just the sort of experience and passionate leadership this project needs and I know she will make sure the NHS in Essex delivers on its current challenges and becomes well placed for future change.”

Andrew Pike to become Interim CEO for NHS South West Essex Andrew Pike, Chief Executive of NHS South East Essex, will work across both PCTs in the intervening period as Chief Executive of both the South Essex PCTs. Andrew Pike said: “I am pleased that Pam has agreed to lead the programme of change we have outlined. I will remain Chief Executive of NHS South East Essex and become Interim Chief Executive for South West Essex. My responsibility is to ensure both organisations are managed to be effective organisations and where appropriate, to ensure partnership and cooperation increases between the two South Essex PCTs, Primary care and local partners, to ensure excellent and cost effective health care.”

Katherine Kirk, Chair of NHS South East Essex, said: “These moves are the right ones for our NHS. Pam will provide the leadership and coordination our whole NHS needs and Andrew will drive the agenda for change across both the PCTs in South Essex.”

Derek Morrison, Chair of NHS South West Essex, said: “I am pleased to welcome Andrew to South West Essex and aim to provide him with every support to build on the successes of our organisation.”

The new arrangements outlined in this press release take effect from 5 July 2010, the 62nd birthday of the NHS.

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