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NHS Integrated Care Board CEO Designate Announcement

Tue 16 Nov 2021

As you will no doubt be aware, the Health and Care Bill is going through the committee stages.

The Bill contains a series of measures which will formally establish Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and give their governing bodies – including an NHS Integrated Care Board (ICB) – a broader range of responsibilities, empowering them to better join up health and care, improve population health and reduce health inequalities.

While we cannot pre-empt the decisions of Parliament, the Bill receiving a positive vote at the Second Reading means there is a degree of confidence that the measures relating to ICSs will become law.

In turn, that means the NHS locally, regionally and nationally has a responsibility to prepare for when those measures are expected to come into effect, which is currently April 2022.

A key element of this preparation is confirming who we would expect to take up senior roles for each NHS Integrated Care Board (ICB), starting with my confirmation as ICB Board Chair Designate in July.

Unfortunately, following a thorough recruitment process, we have not been able to appoint to the ICB CEO Designate position. I am working with the Regional Director to put in place an interim ICB CEO and will notify you as soon as we confirm the arrangement.

I will keep you updated as preparations for a statutory footing continue.

Prem Singh

ICB Chair Designate