Executive Recruitment
Adam Doyle, SRO, Sussex Health and Care Partnership

"The appointment of a workforce and organisational development professional who will sit on the ICS Executive Board and report directly to the SRO is a critical step in our development as a fully thriving and effective ICS."

Adam Doyle, SRO, Sussex Health and Care Partnership

Welcome

Dear Colleague

Thank you for expressing an interest in joining the executive board of Sussex Health and Care Partnership.  Ours is a new way of working, bringing together 16 partners involved in the planning and provision of health and care services across the region, ensuring that all the health and care organisations in Sussex are working in a genuinely joined-up way. Together we are ambitious for what can be achieved for the people of Sussex.  We want to do more to prevent illness, support people to manage existing health conditions and to stay independent.  We need more health care and different services to better meet the needs of our growing and ageing population.  We must redesign many of the services we have now which were not designed to meet the needs of today or the future and do not make the most of medical advances.

It is undoubtedly the case that this is a time of enormous positive change for the Sussex health economy despite the backdrop, and considerable challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. The decision to establish a new NHS East Sussex CCG and a new NHS West Sussex CCG, alongside a re-focused NHS Brighton and Hove CCG from the 1 April 2020 has been a key part of that programme of change.  In May of this year, NHS England and Improvement announced that the partnership has successfully met the criteria to become an Integrated Care System (ICS).  Fundamentally, this will allow all organisations within the partnership to work together towards the same plan to improve health and wellbeing.  Achieving this status, well ahead of the date set out in the NHS Long Term Plan, reflects the hard work and significant progress that has been made across our system over the last few years.

In order to realise tangible improvements; and build further on the success we have had to date, it has been imperative that we set out clear priorities to underpin and focus the work we undertake.  A key area will of course be our region’s workforce and we are working with Health Education England and other partners to ensure that we can recruit, retain and develop the right staff with the right skills to meet the needs of the future.  Furthermore the implementation of the now published People Plan at a system level is a tangible development in our journey to supporting and addressing the region’s workforce needs.  Key workstreams are already underway, such as the establishment of a system-wide approach to developing the support workforce (such as unregistered nurses and care workers), across a number of patient pathways and enhancing roles and training and development for staff across primary, secondary, community and social care to improve patient care and efficiency. 

The appointment of a workforce and organisational development professional who will sit on the ICS Executive Board and report directly to the SRO is a critical step in our development as a fully thriving and effective ICS.  We need someone who can build trust, navigate systemic, regional and centralised structures and work with and through others to get things done.   It’s a truly exciting opportunity to play a pivotal part in the realisation of systemic change.  If you are ready to step up to this unique challenge, I very much look forward to hearing from you.

Adam Doyle
SRO, Sussex Health and Care Partnership

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