As the three Clinical Commissioning Groups of Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire begin to work closer together, this week has seen a number of appointments made to the new, single Executive Senior Team that will link the three organisations.

Gill May, current Director of Nursing and Transformation at Swindon CCG, has been appointed to the role of Director of Nursing and Quality, while Caroline Gregory, Swindon CCG’s Chief Finance Officer, will be taking on the same role within the new management structure.

Both Gill and Caroline were appointed to their respective roles following two rigorous interview processes which took place earlier this week.

Elsewhere, Nicki Millin, former Accountable Officer at Swindon CCG, and then Deputy Chief Executive, has agreed to take on the role of Director of Strategy and Transformation for an interim period, ahead of her retirement in April 2020.

Tracey Cox, who was previously Accountable Officer at Bath and North East Somerset CCG, will lead the new Executive Senior Team, having been appointed as Chief Executive of three neighbouring CCGs in February of this year.

Speaking about the appointments, Tracey said: “It’s really encouraging to see this new executive team starting to take shape and I have every faith that the combined enthusiasm, experience and knowledge that Gill, Nicki and Caroline will inevitably bring to the table will be of real benefit to both patients and staff alike.

“Bringing the three CCGs together in this way is a deliberately ambitious and bold move, but we know that the NHS is changing and, in order for us to keep up with these changes, we need to look at how we can work differently to how we are now.

“There are nearly one million patients living in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire, so any change that can help to reduce duplication, promote better efficiency or just enable people to get the right care at the right time will have a huge impact when shared across our three areas.”

Arrangements are being made to recruit the remaining vacant posts (Executive Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, Medical Director and the three Locality Directors) in the Senior Executive Team.

Further details regarding these appointments will be shared as and when such decisions are made.