Paul Simpson has been appointed as the interim Chief Officer of three NHS commissioning bodies that serve around half the population of Staffordshire.
The appointment follows the retirement of Andrew Donald at the end of April 2017 after 40 years’ service to the NHS. Andrew had been Chief Officer of NHS Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group since 2012. He more recently also became Chief Officer for NHS South East Staffordshire & Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group.
Paul was the Director of Finance for all three CCGs and Deputy Chief Officer.
He said: “I am honoured to have been offered the role. My priority will be to support our continued success in focussing on delivering safe, sustainable and high quality NHS services for the patients of the areas we serve.”
The appointment has been welcomed by the GPs who are Clinical Chairs of the CCG’s.
Dr Paddy Hannigan, Chair of Stafford and Surrounds CCG said: “We are delighted to have Paul stepping up to the Chief Officer role. He has a thorough knowledge of the challenges facing the NHS locally, and is already playing a leading role in ensuring they are addressed. This will give us the continuity that is so important if we are to continue to make progress.”
Dr Mo Huda, Chair of Cannock Chase CCG said: “Paul has a track record of success in delivering significant improvements in financial management capability and capacity, often under extremely challenging circumstances, across a number of public sector organisations.
“While the CCGs will always be led by clinicians for the benefit of patients, it is absolutely vital that we have effective managerial leadership if we are to deliver effective and efficient services. I am confident Paul will ensure this continues.”
Dr John James, Chair of South East Staffordshire & Seisdon Peninsula CCG added: “Managing NHS finance well is essential for the delivery of effective patient care. As public sector organisations we have to live within our means and each £1 we receive can only be spent once. With his financial background and his successes to date, we are confident Paul can play a leading role in helping us achieve the financial balance we need across the three CCGs.”
Paul joined the NHS in 2014, having previously held senior finance posts in local government in Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire.