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First independent chair appointed for LLR Integrated Care System

6th January 2021 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

Health and Care leaders across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) have today welcomed the appointment of David Sissling as the first independent chair of its emerging Integrated Care System (ICS).

The ICS will enable all NHS organisations to work in partnership with Local Government, the voluntary sector and local communities to drive up the quality of health and care services.

Mr Sissling will bring extensive leadership experience to the role which he commences on a part-time basis on 11th January. He will be working closely with Andy Williams, the chief executive of the local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)  and the ICS executive lead, as well as other local NHS and local government leaders.

David will combine the role with his work with NHS England and NHS Improvement as senior leadership advisor for the Midlands.  His previous leadership experience is considerable. He was chief executive of The Leicester Royal Infirmary NHS Trust between 1998 and 2000 and then moved onto a number of regional and national roles including leadership of the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Authority and NHS Wales.

Commenting on the appointment David said: “I have been an active resident of LLR for some 30 years and started my NHS career locally. I have, over that time, grown to understand its many strengths and distinctive qualities – its diversity, its cohesion, the widespread enterprise, the excellence of its public services and a growing sense of ambition.

“I am also aware of the scale of the challenges we face and, in particular, the need to maintain an effective response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic . I am excited to get started and look forward to working on behalf of the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland as we work in partnership to develop better care services and address the health inequalities which exist.”

Andy Williams, chief executive of the LLR CCGs, added: “We are delighted to have attracted and recruited a candidate of David’s outstanding calibre and experience, which is combined with his understanding of, and passion for, the people and places of LLR.

“We are proud of the significant progress we have made as a partnership over the last 12 months and David’s appointment will be key to building on this further in the months and years ahead. We very much look forward to working with him.”

The appointment follows a competitive selection process involving a wide range of local and regional stakeholders as well as formal approval by chief executive of the NHS, Simon Stevens.

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