NHS Shropshire and NHS Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are delighted to announce the appointment of Sir Neil McKay as Chair of the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).
The STP is responsible for transforming health and social care for the citizens of Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. All health organisations, both commissioners and providers, are members, along with Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council. It is one of 44 sustainability and transformation partnerships across England.
The STP has worked to bring different system partners together to progress at pace the transformation required for the residents of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. The STP has seen strong partnership working between the NHS and local authority organisations and the foundations are now in place to design solutions to health and care issues.
With over 40 years’ experience in the NHS, Sir Neil McKay brings considerable expertise to the role. He has previously been chief operating officer at the Department of Health and was chief executive of the East of England Strategic Health Authority. He has led some of the most complex change programmes including the development of a long term strategy for the West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime.
Neil has chaired two STPs and has led parts of the NHS to develop and deliver plans for long term service sustainability, starting from the premise that integrated out of hospital care is the bedrock for the future of NHS care. He has a strong track record of building effective partnerships between the NHS and local authorities.
Sir Neil McKay commented: “I’m very much looking forward to joining the STP. I have been struck by the enthusiasm and commitment of the local health and care leaders to convert good ideas into tangible improvements for local people.”
“The STP has responsibility for ensuring that long term, ambitious and exciting plans are developed for health services and social care. We need to accelerate the good work which is already underway and deliver the opportunities that Future Fit will bring. We will also work to implement new ways of integrating services with a strong focus on the needs of neighbourhoods.”
Sir Neil McKay takes over from former STP Chair Simon Wright, who is Chief Executive of The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. Simon stepped down from the role in July 2018, after working alongside the CCGs and his own staff to help secure an investment of £312 million for the Future Fit programme and launch a 15-week public consultation into the transformation of the local hospitals.
Simon commented: “I am delighted that Sir Neil McKay has been appointed as Chair for the STP and that we will have such an experienced NHS leader working with us to improve health and care services across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.
Dr Simon Freeman, Accountable Officer of Shropshire CCG said: ““I have enjoyed working with Simon Wright as STP Chair over the last few years and his involvement has moved our STP forward to a point where we are ready for the next exciting and transformational phase.”
David Evans, Chief Officer of Telford and Wrekin CCG said: “I am delighted that someone with a national profile has been appointed. Neil’s considerable expertise and networks will bring great strength to the programme.”