The five NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Norfolk and Waveney have appointed Melanie Craig to be Chief Officer from Monday 29th April 2019.
Her appointment followed a national call for candidates, interview panels and ratification by the Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens.
Melanie has been Chief Officer of NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG since February 2017 and is also the Executive Lead of the local partnership of health and care organisations called the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).
Melanie said: “Norfolk & Waveney is developing more integrated and sustainable ways of working. We want this for patient-facing services and we want this within organisations. This will help us to make the best use of our resources when demand and work pressures are increasing.
“We shall continue to retain our local focus; our CCGs remain as separate entities however one staff team serving all five CCGs will provide greater coherence, consistency and efficiency whilst continuing to focus on important local priorities.”
The Chairs of the five CCGs commented: “The many colleagues and stakeholders who know Melanie will know she is committed to our patients, is passionate to improve services and has an excellent track record in leadership.”
The decision to appoint a single Chief Officer (also known as an Accountable Officer) was made by the five CCGs in November 2018. It is quite common to have one team of staff working across multiple CCGs. North and South Norfolk CCGs have shared a single team of management and staff since July 2016 and similar models are in place in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
The five CCGs have also appointed one joint Chief Finance Officer, John Ingham. Up to today John has been Chief Finance Officer at Norwich CCG and before that at West Norfolk CCG.
The CCGs are now creating one single staff structure which is expected to be in place towards the end of the year.