Central London, West London, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow and Ealing (CWHHE) Clinical Commissioning Groups are delighted to confirm the appointment of Clare Parker as their new Accountable Officer.
Clare is currently Deputy Accountable Officer and Chief Finance Officer of CWHHE Clinical Commissioning Groups. Clare is a CIPFA qualified accountant who trained with the Audit Commission before moving into the NHS 12 years ago.
Dr Ruth O’ Hare, Chair of Central London CCG, said: “Clare has been an integral part of our development since we launched in April 2013 and we were delighted to be able to appoint her as our new accountable officer. She was the outstanding candidate in a competitive recruitment process and the fact the she knows all our organisations and the wider health and social care landscape is also a major benefit.
“The coming weeks and months are set to be a crucial time for the five CCGs as we continue with our ambitious plans to transform the NHS in North West London and commission the high quality service that local people deserve, as highlighted by Shaping a healthier future and our out of hospital programmes. The groundwork for delivery of these has been laid, and Clare will now lead the CCGs in moving them forward.”
Clare was previously Director of Finance of NHS Barnet for four years until April 2011, when she moved into the role of Associate Director of Finance at the North Central London PCT cluster. In September 2012 Clare moved to North West London as Chief Financial Officer (designate) for CWHH CCGs and Director of Finance for the four predecessor CCGs, growing into CWHHE when Ealing CCG joined the Collaborative in December 2013. Clare has successfully led change in financially challenged environments and brought both acute and commissioning experience to her current role with the CWHHE CCGs.
Clare said: “I am delighted to have been asked by the chairs of all five CCGs to take them forward on the next step of our development. Our focus is making sure that patients and local residents receive the best possible care from the services we commission. Moving forward, I will be concentrating on driving ahead with our ambitious programme of change, while at the same time putting an increasing focus on improving the performance of our hospitals and community and mental health trusts, and focusing on the many challenges we face. We will work with our NHS partners well as our partners in local government and voluntary sector to achieve this.
“Primary care is at the heart of our vision for patient centred integrated care, with services arranged around the practice population and supported by our hospital, mental health and community providers. To achieve this we will need to invest in and support our practices to deliver our new models of care, in what we know is a challenging environment.”
The five CCGs in the CWHHE Collaborative are the GP-led organisations responsible for planning and buying (commissioning) health services for the people living in the London boroughs they are responsible for. With a combined annual budget of over £1 billion they buy a range of services including mental health and learning disability services, planned surgery (elective hospital care), rehabilitation care, urgent care and emergency care, and most community health services.
Outgoing Accountable Officer Daniel Elkeles is moving to Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, where he will be taking up the post of Chief Executive.