The replacement for the existing NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in the county has recruited five new non-executive directors.
The NHS Kent and Medway Integrated Care Board (ICB) will take over from the GCC in July.
Its role will be to “federate” health and care services to improve health, offer better value for money and reduce inequalities in the health system.
They were introduced through the Health and Care Bill which is currently moving through Parliament.
Today Cedi Frederick, President-Elect of the ICB and former President of the North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, appointed five key figures to its Board.
He explained, “We had huge interest in non-executive roles and a very large number of candidates to consider.
“Each of our new non-executives brings important individual skills and experience to the table. Collectively, their backgrounds span voluntary organisations, housing, regeneration, clinical services and leaders of NHS trusts and national health organisations. This is exactly the kind of diversity of perspective we need to take partnership work to the next level for the benefit of the people of Kent and Medway.
The five nominees are: Liz Butler who has held a range of positions including chairman of the Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust, Bromley Care Trust and Queen Mary’s Sidcup NHS Trust as well as a member of the Hyde Housing Association board. She will assume the role of Chair of the ICB Audit Committee; chartered architect and former NHS non-executive member on two boards, Valérie Le Vaillant, who lives in Deal; consulting physician Dr Hugh McIntyre, the current string of a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quality standards committee; while Angela McNab will chair the ICB Compensation and People Committee. She has extensive experience at general manager level, including a stint as patron of Kent and Medway NHS and the Social Care Partnership Trust.
And finally, Gurvinder Sandher, chief executive of the Kent Equality Cohesion Council. He has worked in Kent’s voluntary sector since 1999 and has worked extensively with Kent Police for over 20 years, including as Chairman of the County’s Independent Police Advisory Group and Independent Member of the Policing and Crime Committee .
Cedi Frederick added: “The challenges we face in health and care in the years to come are extremely complex. Recovery from the pandemic is one part of the puzzle, but there are many other issues of a long time that we have to solve, we have good examples of success and excellence in Kent and the Medway, but also much more to achieve.
“The ICB is only part of a system with different partners working at different levels to improve the health and care of a diverse population. It’s not unlike a game of three-dimensional chess and it will take collective ambition and a depth of expertise to pull it off.
“We continue to build the board with the recruitment of our local authority and health partner representatives and executive director roles. We are building a strong team and monitoring this space to see how people in Kent and Medway can engage with our work.