As a health and care system in Northamptonshire we are on a continuing journey towards working together as a fully functioning Integrated Care System (ICS), strengthening our existing local commitment to working in partnership to support our population to live healthy lives and get the care and support they need, when they need it.
A key element of this preparation is confirming who we would expect to take up senior roles for our local NHS Integrated Care Board (ICB), starting with the chair designates. The ICB will be the new body which will oversee NHS functions across Northamptonshire’s ICS, working in close collaboration with a new statutory health and care partnership of wider organisations. The ICB’s role will be to improve health for all,
reduce health inequalities, spend public money wisely and contribute to the wider economic and social development of Northamptonshire.
Following a robust process, NHS England and NHS Improvement have recommended, and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has agreed, that current NHCP Independent Chair Naomi Eisenstadt should be NHS ICB chair designate, ready to take up the post from April 2022 should Parliament confirm the current ICS plans.
Naomi was appointed Independent Chair for Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership in October 2020. She started her career at the front line, working in nurseries, and after three years running a medium sized children’s charity, joined the civil service to be the first director of Sure Start. After Sure Start, Naomi served three years as Director of the Social Exclusion Task Force. She was on the Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust Board for eleven years, and since leaving the civil service, served as Poverty Advisor to the First Minister of Scotland. Her key interests are life cycle approaches to prevention, health inequalities and poverty.
NHCP welcomes the certainty that this announcement brings and looks forward to continuing to work with Naomi and other colleagues on improving care for the people of Northamptonshire.
Dr Jonathan K Cox, Chairman of Northamptonshire Local Medical Committee (LMC), said: “We are delighted that Naomi has been appointed to the substantive role, she has already shown a passion for the NHS and people of Northamptonshire, she brings considerable expertise to help tackle the challenges ahead and we are very much looking forward to working with her. This is good news for the county.”
Dr Joanne Watt, GP Chair, NHS Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “I have really enjoyed working with Naomi since she came to work with us in Northamptonshire in October 2020 and am delighted that she has been appointed to be our ICS chair designate. This means that she will be able to continue to support our system in our ambition to provide equitable and high-quality health and care services for the people of Northamptonshire.”
Crishni Waring, Chair, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said: “I am really pleased to see that Naomi has been appointed. She has already had a positive impact on our journey towards integrated care and her experience in health inequalities will be a great asset for the partnership and the community we serve.”
Alan Burns, Group Chair, University Hospitals of Northamptonshire said: “I am delighted that Naomi has been confirmed as ICS Board chair. She will continue to provide clear leadership to the whole health and care system.”
Cllr Jonathan Nunn, Leader of West Northamptonshire Council, and on behalf of Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of North Northamptonshire Council, said: “We are delighted at the announcement of Naomi as independent Chair of the Northamptonshire NHS ICS. We have been working with Naomi over a number of months and we welcome her strong commitment to reducing wider population health inequalities and especially to children and young people where she brings significant experience, we look forward to working with her and all our health partners to improve health and care for all residents in our local communities.”
The next stage of the process will be the confirmation of our NHS Integrated Care Board designate chief executive, a process which is expected to conclude by the end of September.
You can also hear from Naomi on what our ICS journey means for Northamptonshire in her video blog series, View from the Chair (link opens in new window).
Further updates on preparations to become a fully functioning ICS will be provided on this website.