Fiona Edwards announced as new Chief Executive-designate for NHS Frimley Integrated Care Board
As health and care systems across the country prepare for new legislative changes expected from April 2022, Fiona Edwards has been confirmed as the new Chief Executive-designate for NHS Frimley Integrated Care Board. Fiona, who is currently the Senior Responsible Officer for Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System and Accountable Officer at NHS Frimley CCG, has been appointed following a comprehensive recruitment process led by NHS England/Improvement and endorsed by the NHS Chief Executive.
Fiona will take up this post from 1st December 2021 ahead of the establishment of the Statutory Integrated Care Systems from April 2022, once The Health and Care Bill 2021, receives Royal Assent.
The Health and Care Bill 2021 will put Integrated Care Systems on a firm statutory footing, empowering them to better join up health and care, improve population health and reduce health inequalities. Appointees will be taken on in the first instance as Chief Executive of the current Integrated Care System and designate Chief Executive of the anticipated NHS Integrated Care Board.
The Chief Executive of the Integrated Care Board will help leaders from the NHS, local authorities, voluntary sector and our communities to work even more closely together to join up services, personalise care, tackle health inequalities and improve people’s health across our communities.
Dr Priya Singh, Chair-designate for the Frimley Integrated Care Board said, ‘These are exciting and challenging times for health and social care, when we are faced with the greatest public demand for treatment that many of us will have ever experienced, whilst also being handed a real opportunity to transform the way services are planned and delivered.
‘Fiona’s insight, experience and her proven leadership skills make her the right person to take the helm as we navigate the current challenges, and we seize this opportunity to make a real difference to the future of our health and care services”
Fiona Edwards said ‘I am delighted to be taking up what I know will be a hugely challenging and fulfilling role across one of the leading systems in the country. In Frimley we have already seen how working collectively across our organisations can bring real tangible benefits to our workforce and our communities. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues on the next exciting phase of this journey to transform not just what we do, but how we do it, genuinely re-designing the model of partnerships in all that we do to make a difference to our communities.”
The next steps will be to recruit Non-Executive Members and Executive Directors to the Integrated Care Board over the coming weeks and more information will be announced in due course.