New Chief Executive appointment for CCGs

The eight Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across Sussex and East Surrey have appointed Adam Doyle as their single substantive Chief Executive Officer. 

Adam, who has been working across the eight organisations as Accountable Officer on an interim basis for the last three months, will begin the role with immediate effect after undergoing an interview process. The appointment is fully supported by all the CCG Governing Bodies and has been endorsed by NHS England. 

It will mean Adam will be responsible for all the CCGs within the Sussex and East Surrey Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), which is one of the largest health commissioning systems in the country working under a single leadership, covering 1.8 million people. 

Adam has been joint Accountable Officer for four CCGs – Brighton and Hove, Crawley, High Weald Lewes Havens and Horsham and Mid Sussex – since January 2018 and also took on the leadership of East Surrey CCG and Coastal West Sussex CCG from April 2018. 

In November, three of those CCGs – Crawley, East Surrey and Horsham and Mid Sussex – had legal directions for quality of leadership lifted by NHS England. At the same time, Adam was asked take over as Accountable Officer of Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG and Hastings and Rother CCG. 

Speaking on behalf of the eight Clinical Chairs, Dr Elizabeth Gill, Clinical Chair for High Weald Lewes Havens CCG, said: “It was always the intention to make the shared leadership role permanent and we are delighted that Adam has agreed to take up the post. Since Adam began overseeing all eight of our CCGs, we have already seen a number of benefits to how we have worked. Our relationships with providers and regulators has improved, there has been greater strategic oversight that has allowed for more consistency in how we work, and we have been able to manage risks, issues and large pieces of work in a more robust and collaborative way. We have also seen some of our CCGs achieve a greater grip on finances and improve internal processes. We believe having Adam as the single CEO, our organisations will be able to build on the progress we have already been making and be in a stronger position to address the challenges we collectively face.” 

Adam Doyle said: “I’m delighted to take up the role and am looking forward to continuing the progress that we have been able to make across the commissioning system. We have made real strides over the last year thanks to the hard work of staff and greater collaborative working with providers and partners and we now have the opportunity to take this further. I want to look at how we can work more effectively and efficiently as commissioners across the system to ensure our patients and populations receive care in a more joined-up and improved way.” 

Felicity Cox, NHS England’s Director of Commissioning Operations in the South East, said: “We fully support this substantive appointment and believe it will provide the consistent and stable leadership that is required across the commissioning system of Sussex and East Surrey. We recognise that the CCGs have already made significant improvements and progress in a number of areas under Adam’s leadership and we are confident this can continue as the CCGs increasingly work closer together.”