Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has appointed a new member of the governing board to replace departing accountable officer Jo Whitehead.
Simon Hairsnape, currently chief officer of NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG and NHS Wyre Forest CCG, will join the commissioning group on secondment as accountable officer until 31st March 2017.
The CCG is responsible for commissioning health and care services for the people of Herefordshire.
Jo Whitehead is leaving the CCG after deciding to move to Australia with her family, following a career of more than 20 years working in the National Health Service.
During that time she has managed hospital, community and commissioning services as well as working at the Department of Health as regulator of health and social care, and for a national charity providing services to vulnerable people.
Jo said: “I have enjoyed my time in Herefordshire, and would like to say thank you to NHS staff in Herefordshire for your dedication and commitment.
“It has been a hard decision to leave the CCG, but I am confident that with Simon at the helm, the CCG will continue to make progress.
“It has been a privilege to serve the people of Herefordshire and although I am leaving I am delighted that the future of the CCG is in such safe hands.”
Herefordshire CCG Chair and Clinical Lead Dr Andy Watts said: “Jo has worked tirelessly to foster positive working relationships with health and care partners across the county and her work will benefit the residents of Herefordshire.
“We are sorry to say goodbye to Jo after all of her hard work on behalf of the CCG, but wish her all the best for her new life in Australia.
“The CCG is delighted to welcome Simon Hairsnape to the team, however. He has a wealth of experience and local knowledge and will be a real asset to Herefordshire CCG.”
Simon Hairsnape was appointed Redditch and Bromsgrove and Wyre Forest chief officer in January 2013 after holding the post of director of delivery / managing director of NHS Worcestershire. He has spent the last eight years as a key health leader in Worcestershire.
Simon said: “I’m delighted to be returning to work in Herefordshire, I have kept in touch with developments in Herefordshire while I was over in Worcestershire and I am looking forward to working with many former GP colleagues. I live in Herefordshire too, so I am particularly looking forward to the opportunity to shape local services”.