Dr Ed Garratt sets out key priority for ICS
The new Executive Lead of the Suffolk and North East Essex ICS, Dr Ed Garratt, has said ensuring system partners work together for the benefit of local people and communities is his number one priority.
Last month, Dr Garratt was appointed to the position and took over from Nick Hulme who stepped down as STP lead two months ago.
He was also selected to be Accountable Officer for the clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Ipswich and East Suffolk, North East Essex and West Suffolk as well as Executive Lead for the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS).
It is the first time one Accountable Officer has been appointed to oversee the work of the three CCGs across Suffolk and North East Essex and reflects the system’s desire to work closely together to further improve services for the people we serve – a key aim of our ICS.
Dr Garratt said: “I am delighted to have been chosen to take on these roles. My appointment as ICS Executive Lead follows a legacy of great achievement under Nick Hulme’s leadership. Under Nick, we have cut waiting times for key services and improved performance of local urgent and emergency care services. We have also worked with small local organisations and voluntary groups to offer new solutions in local neighbourhoods as well as secured significant investment for developments in our local hospitals and primary care services. Like Nick, I share the determination that partners need to work effectively together in order to reduce health inequalities within communities.”
Commenting on Dr Garratt’s new roles, the chairs of the CCGs Dr Christopher Browning, Dr Hasan Chowhan and Dr Mark Shenton, said: “This is a great appointment for our system and the CCGs. It is important that we have strong leadership in place that will allow our system to work together more effectively and support us to meet the ever changing needs of the communities we serve. We strongly believe Ed is best placed to do this. He will be supported by the appointment of an Independent Chair for the ICS and we are in the process of recruiting to this position.”