The Governing Bodies of the four Clinical Commissioning Groups across Derbyshire (North Derbyshire, Southern Derbyshire, Hardwick and Erewash) are delighted to confirm the appointment of Dr Chris Clayton as their new Accountable Officer.
Chris is currently Clinical Chief Officer for Blackburn with Darwen CCG and is also the Chief Officer for the Pennine Lancashire Transformation Programme. Originally from Rossendale in East Lancashire, Dr Clayton completed his clinical studies in Cambridge and following this worked in Birmingham and the West Midlands before returning to join Darwen Healthcare GP practice in 2004. Chris has been Clinical Chief Officer for Blackburn with Darwen CCG since 2012.
Graham Burgess, Chair, NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG said: “Chris has been a truly inspiring leader of NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG over the last five years. It has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside him both as Chair of the CCG, and previously as Chief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen Council. Clinically focused, and patient-centred, his knowledgeable and insightful leadership has been instrumental in enabling the CCG to successfully and innovatively respond to the challenges and complexities of NHS commissioning. On behalf of the CCG I am grateful for his dedication and commitment as Clinical Chief Officer and wish him every success in his future role”.
Chris said: “I am delighted to have been appointed Accountable Officer of the four CCGs in Derbyshire and look forward to working with colleagues to transform health and care services there. However, I am very sad to be leaving Blackburn with Darwen having been a practising GP in the area for many years and having led its CCG since 2011. The people and the place will always have a place in my heart as I seen so many examples of transformational work, and have been privileged to work with so many excellent, passionate and committed people. It is because of this that I know that Blackburn with Darwen will continue to go from strength to strength.”
Sir Bill Taylor, Chair, Healthwatch Blackburn said “I’ve probably known Chris for approaching 9 years. He became increasing involved in the ever changing governance of our local NHS. He’s played a leadership role that engages commitment, a broad knowledge of our health & social care landscape, incisive questions and an appropriate sense of humour. At the forefront of recent changes, that experience will prepare him well for this new challenge and I wish him well.”
Andy Griffith, Chief Officer, Healthwatch Blackburn said: “As Chief Officer of Healthwatch BwD it has been a pleasure working with Chris and I wish him well for the future. Chris has had an open and honest approach to dealing with issues or concerns that we have raised on behalf of residents in BwD to ensure residents get the best treatment and service possible. I look forward to working with his replacement in the near future and hope they continue to have patients at the heart of any decision.”
A formal start date has not yet been set as is subject to ongoing negotiation however, it is anticipated for this to be in the early Autumn 2017.