NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across Durham and Tees Valley have stepped up their collaborative working with the appointment of a new Accountable Officer.
Dr Neil O’Brien has been chosen to head a joint leadership and management team to oversee NHS North Durham CCG, NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG, NHS South Tees CCG, NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG and NHS Darlington CCG.
The five CCGs have been moving towards working more collaboratively since early 2018, with the aim of combining skills and resources to improve delivery. The appointment of Dr O’Brien is the next step to achieve this.
Dr O’Brien will continue to work with hospital trust and local authority partners to develop arrangements for the planning and provision of primary and community care, and health and social care integration.
Dr O’Brien, who is currently Chief Clinical Officer at North Durham CCG, has been confirmed in the role by NHS England.
Dr O’Brien has been a GP in Chester-le-Street for 16 years. He said: “I am delighted to have been chosen for this exciting role and I am really looking forward, with the staff across the CCGs, to continue the excellent work taking place with partners across our local health and care systems.
“I am passionate about the NHS in our area and I am fully committed to ensuring our collaborative working is the best it can be.
“The CCGs will very much remain as separate organisations but by working together, we will be able to share expertise and deliver the best outcome for patients locally and regionally across Durham and Tees Valley, which is of course the ultimate goal.”