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First CEO appointed for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland health and care system

11th November 2021 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

Andy Williams, the current Accountable Officer of the area’s three Clinical Commissioning Groups, has been appointed as the Designate Chief Executive of the emerging Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Integrated Care System’s (ICS) Integrated Care Board (ICB).

ICS’ are partnerships of health and care organisations that come together to plan and deliver joined up services and improve the health of people who live and work in their area. They exist to improve outcomes in population health and healthcare; tackle inequalities in patient outcomes, experience and access; and enhance productivity and value for money.

As CEO of the  Integrated Care Board, Andy will work with colleagues, communities and partners to deliver a long-term strategy to achieve these ambitions whilst continuing to focus on shorter-term  priorities including the continued vaccine rollout and elective waiting list recovery.

Andy is no stranger to Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) having led the area’s three CCGs since Autumn 2019. Prior to that Andy held a number of senior leadership roles within a range of NHS organisations in both England and his native Wales.

David Sissling, Designate Independent Chair of the LLR ICS said: “Andy is an experienced senior leader who has already contributed much during his time in LLR. This includes helping our system navigate the immense challenges brought by the pandemic whilst delivering a step change in how partners work together. I have been impressed with his energy, dynamism and leadership.

“Andy shares a clear ambition to tackle health inequalities and improve the health, wellbeing and experiences of care for all local people – and of doing this with communities themselves. I look forward to working with him to turn these ambitions into reality.”

Andy Williams said: “As a system we have much to be proud of but, given the clear challenges we face, the time is right to genuinely transform how services are organised and delivered so that patients and families have a better experience of care.

“We can only do this by breaking down barriers between organisations that have all too often prevented us doing what is in the best interests of patients and working across traditional boundaries. I am determined we will do just that, creating a thriving ICS with a strong place-based approach to delivery.”

The appointment follows a rigorous national selection process led by NHS England and NHS improvement. It remains dependent on the passage of the Health and Care Bill, which contains a series of measures to formally establish ICS’. Subject to any potential amendments to the Bill this is expected to be from 1st April 2022.

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