The four Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have confirmed the appointment of John Turner as Single Accountable Officer, with effect from 1 April 2019.
The new Single Accountable Officer role will work across the four Lincolnshire CCGs – South, South West, East, and West – to ensure a joined-up approach across the CCGs to commissioning, or buying, healthcare services for the population of Lincolnshire, and to support the closer integration of health and social care.
“This role represents the first time we have had one Accountable Officer working across the four CCGs and it reflects our desire to work even more closely together for the benefit of our patients,” explains Dr Kevin Hill, Chair of South Lincolnshire CCG.
“Working more collaboratively across Lincolnshire will enable us to become a more effective – and integrated - commissioner of healthcare services, and it is important that we have the leadership in place that will allow us to achieve our aims and develop to meet the changing needs of our population and the constant evolution of the NHS.”
Bringing a wealth of experience in NHS management and leadership positions, for the last few years John has been the Accountable Officer for South and South West Lincolnshire CCGs, and is also the Senior Responsible Officer for the Lincolnshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.
“There is clearly much to be proud of about the NHS in Lincolnshire, and the dedication of our staff and partners to patient care and the health of the population is impressive. I am looking forward to building on all that works well in our service and to working closely with our partners across the county,” comments John.
“The future direction of the NHS has been well-publicised and will focus heavily on transformation and embracing innovation and technology, as well as encouraging and developing talented healthcare professionals. We have a responsibility to ensure the NHS is sustainable in Lincolnshire, and we face some significant challenges, however, I am sure that under John’s leadership the NHS in the county will meet these head-on and thrive,” adds Dr Hill.