Appointment of Partner Members to NHS South East London Integrated Care Board

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The 1 July 2022 marks the first day of the new NHS South East London Integrated Care Board and preparations are progressing well, including the recruitment of Board members.

That Board membership includes five partner members, one drawn from each of local government, acute care, mental health care, community care and primary care – bringing the perspective of those sectors to the ICB.  Our constitution requires these members to hold senior executive roles within their respective sectors.

As we enter our final weeks of preparation and further to our earlier announcements of Board members appointments to the South East London Integrated Care Board (ICB) we wanted to update you on our recruitment to date and announce three new partner members.  

We are delighted to announce the following appointments to NHS South East London.

David joined South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust as Chief Executive in July 2019. He has extensive NHS operational experience in mental health, acute and community services. David began his career in the NHS in 1980 and has over 20 years’ experience at board level across different NHS trusts in London, Oxford and Surrey including nine years as a Chief Executive Officer. He is a board member of King’s Health Partners, a Trustee on Maudsley Charity (the largest mental health charity in the UK) and on the advisory board of Mindful Healthcare. David is Chair of the Cavendish Square Group, which provides a collective voice for the providers of NHS mental health services in London, and for the broader mental health community including clinicians and patients.

Before joining the Trust, David was Chief Executive at South West London and St George’s NHS Trust. Through several award-winning change programmes, he transformed the organisation, improving the quality of services and care provided to patients. He led one of London’s most significant successful mental health development schemes with a new £180m state of the art hospital and overall £1bn redevelopment of the existing site.

David is one of the founders of the South London Mental Health and Community Partnership, a unique partnership of three London NHS trusts that, after being established in 2017, has transformed outcomes for people with specialist, often complex mental health problems.

Dr Ify Okocha is Chief Executive of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust which provides community health, mental health and learning disability services across south east London. He qualified in medicine in 1985 and, after training in psychiatry, obtained his membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1992. He is on the Roll of Honour of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Ify has worked in health services locally for several decades and was Medical Director at Oxleas before becoming Chief Executive in 2021.

Improving the lives of our patients and their families is Ify’s key focus. He achieves this through working with partners to develop high quality and innovative clinical services, implementing evidence based clinical practice and research and supporting teams to deliver the best care possible.

Professor Clive Kay joined King’s College Hospital NHS FT as Chief Executive in April 2019.  Clive has extensive clinical and leadership experience, and prior to taking up his position at King’s he was Chief Executive at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from January 2015.  

Previously he was Clinical Director of Radiology (2001-2006) and subsequently the Medical Director (2006-2014) at Bradford.  Prior to working at Bradford, Clive was a Visiting Associate Professor of Radiology at the Medical University of South Carolina.

mber of Council of the Royal College of Radiologists, and former Chairman of both the Royal College of Radiologist’s Scientific Programme Committee and the British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology.  He is currently a Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Each Partner Member will remain designate members of the future Board until its legal establishment in July this year. Current leadership arrangements remain until that point both for both NHS South East London CCG and ICS.

Announcements on further appointments, including partner members representing primary care and local government, will be made in the next few weeks, and specific messages will be provided as and when appointees officially start in role. In the meantime, I am sure you will join us in both congratulating our new team members and welcoming them to NHS South East London.