New leadership arrangements for STP

The Sussex and East Surrey Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) have agreed new leadership arrangements to help continue the progress that has been made to commission and provide health and care services in more joined-up and integrated way.

Bob Alexander has agreed to be Independent Chair of the STP and Adam Doyle is the new Senior Responsible Officer for the STP, which he will combine with his role as Chief Executive for the Sussex and East Surrey Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG).

The appointments follow the publication of the NHS Long-Term Plan which set out the requirement for all STPs and developing Integrated Care Systems (ICS) to have an Independent Chair in place.

Bob Alexander has been Executive Chair of the STP for the last 18 months, having previously been Deputy Chief Executive of NHS Improvement. Adam Doyle has overseen significant reforms across the STP commissioning system since 2016, which has seen four CCGs taken out of legal directions and achieve financial stability.

Bob Alexander said: “We have made significant strides across the STP over the last year and now have a good foundation to build on to start to bring real improvements to how we work as a system. These new arrangements will help us do this and respond to the expectations set out in the Long-Term Plan. Adam’s additional role of Senior Responsible Officer will help us deliver the transformational changes that we now need to make to continue the progress we have made across our system.”

Anne Eden, Regional Director for NHS England and NHS Improvement South East, said: “We believe these arrangements will provide the consistent and stable leadership that is required to take the Sussex and East Surrey system forward. We recognise that the STP has made some significant improvements and progress in a number of areas over the last year and we are confident this can continue as the system develops.”