Chair-designate announced for Frimley Integrated Care Board
A national voluntary sector leader and senior NHS Trust board member has been appointed as the Chair-designate of the Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care Board.
Dr Priya Singh will lead the continued development of health and care services across East Berkshire, North East Hampshire, Surrey Heath and Farnham.
Dr Singh is the current Chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and also serves as Deputy Chair of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, as well as being a Non-Executive Director of South Central Ambulance Service.
NHS England and NHS Improvement recommended, and Secretary of State Sajid Javid agreed Dr Singh’s appointment following a robust recruitment process as part of the changes taking place in health and care provision across the country.
She will be ready to take up the post from April 2022 should Parliament confirm the current plans and she will champion our work to improve outcomes in population health, to tackle inequalities in outcomes, to improve experience and access, and to provide value for money.
The changes to the Frimley system are part of The Health and Care Bill 2021, which contains a series of measures to formally establish Integrated Care Systems (ICSs), and which is currently at Committee Stage receiving a detailed examination following its second reading.
The Bill will put ICSs on a firm statutory footing, empowering them to better join up health and care,
improve population health and reduce health inequalities. Each ICB will hold a substantial budget for commissioning high quality patient care and have the authority to establish performance arrangements to ensure this is delivered.
Dr Priya Singh said: “I am looking forward to working with colleagues from across the NHS, local authorities, primary care, voluntary organisations and communities as we support each other to integrate a continuum of health, care, prevention and opportunity across all partners, to improve the outcomes and experiences of Frimley’s populations.
“Frimley ICS is already a very successful team, and it is exciting to be joining as we make the most of this pivotal opportunity to realise our collective ambition of the best possible health and well-being for everyone living and working in the Frimley system.
“I look forward to supporting our partnership work, which is known for its achievements based on innovation, research and visionary leadership. At a time of immense pressure, and in striving to provide the very best possible care and services efficiently and effectively, I have been impressed by the way in which leaders have never lost sight of the wider determinants of health and well-being and are united in ensuring that people and communities remain at the heart of transforming the way our system works, and how the Frimley pound is spent.”
Anne Eden, Regional Director NHS England and Improvement, South East said: “Priya will have a hugely important role and has been appointed following a robust process where she was among some excellent candidates. She and others will drive improved services for patients and better population health, and deliver long-term local strategies and priorities into next year and beyond including the vaccine roll-out, elective recovery and addressing health inequalities.”
The system would like to thank outgoing Chair Andrew Lloyd, whose hard work and leadership has ensured the Frimley system is in a strong place to deliver on our combined ambitions to improve the health and care and reduce health inequalities of the local population. Andrew took the helm of the ICS in mid-2019 and under his stewardship the ICS continues as a vanguard of system working.
The next step is to recruit ICB Chief Executive Officer-Designates for all 42 ICSs and more information will be announced on this in due course.
Priya’s medical career began in general practice, following which she specialised in legal medicine. She brings broad strategic, commercial and operational experience in international healthcare and patient safety, professional services transformation, ethics and risk.
She is Chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and is Deputy Chair of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, a Non-executive Director of South Central Ambulance Service, a member of the London Policing Ethics Panel and a director of a mutual benevolent fund with charitable status.