New Accountable Officer to join Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Following the departure earlier this year of Deborah Fielding, the Governing Body of Wiltshire CCG have asked Tracey Cox, the Chief Officer for neighbouring BaNES CCG, to take on the additional responsibility of interim Accountable Officer at Wiltshire CCG from 26 September 2016.  It is envisaged that this arrangement will be in place until March 2017.

Agreement from BaNES CCG and endorsement from NHS England means that Tracey will provide a joint Accountable Officer role across her existing CCG, as well as covering the role for Wiltshire.

Tracey will be taking over from Simon Truelove who has held the role of Accountable Officer on an interim basis since Deborah Fielding left earlier in the year. Simon is due to take up the new post of Director of Finance at Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust at the end of this month.

The Chair of Wiltshire CCG, Dr Peter Jenkins said:
“This is an excellent outcome for Wiltshire. It will allow the organisation time to consider potential future arrangements such as closer integration between the CCG and Wiltshire Council and greater collaboration with other CCGs in line with the principles agreed within our emerging Sustainability and Transformation Plan, with particular attention on urgent care, planned care and primary care commissioning.”
Tracey Cox said:
“I am looking forward to working more closely with the committed and hard-working team at Wiltshire CCG. Both organisations share many of the same priorities and challenges across B&NES and Wiltshire and this interim role will enable us to pool our insight and expertise so we can improve everyone’s health and wellbeing, drive up standards of care and achieve financial stability across the wider area.”

To support this arrangement Wiltshire CCG will move quickly to employ an interim Chief Operating Officer who will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the CCG and be accountable directly to Tracey.

Tracey Cox joined the health service in 1990 as a management trainee. She started her career working for a number of London hospitals before moving to the South West in 1997 to take up a role at the Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Foundation Trust managing general surgery and orthopaedic services.  Tracey began her commissioning career with BaNES Primary Care Trust and transferred to BaNES CCG in April 2013.