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Toby Sanders

Following a robust process, NHS England and NHS Improvement have recommended that Toby Sanders is the new Designate Chief Executive of Northamptonshire’s Integrated Care Board (ICB), ready to take up the post in April 2022 as part of our transition to full Integrated Care System (ICS) status, subject to government legislation.

Confirming this appointment, ICB Chair Designate Naomi Eisenstadt said: “As Chief Executive of NHS Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Executive Lead of Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership, Toby has consistently proved himself to be an experienced leader who can operate with real energy to lead system partners to create a fully mature, thriving ICS with a strong place-based approach to delivery and local commissioning. I have every confidence that his experience of driving forward transformation of health and care services across our county will be key in our work of securing the provision of comprehensive, fit-for-purpose services for the people of Northamptonshire.”

The Health and Care Bill 2021, which contains a series of measures to formally establish Integrated Care Systems (ICSs), is currently at Committee Stage in Parliament receiving a detailed examination following its second reading.

The Bill will put ICSs on a firm statutory footing, and here in Northamptonshire will formalise our existing local partnership approach to better join up health and care, improve population health and reduce health inequalities.

Our ICB will hold a substantial budget for commissioning high-quality patient care and have the authority to establish performance arrangements to ensure this is delivered.

A key element of preparing for legislation to take effect is confirming who would take up senior roles within each ICB.

This started with Naomi Eisenstadt’s appointment as the ICB Chair Designate and continues with this latest announcement regarding the Designate Chief Executive, responsible for NHS budgets and functions, and for working with our full range of partners and local communities to improve services and the health of those we all serve.

The next step will be to recruit Non-Executive Members and Executive Directors to the ICB over the coming weeks and further updates will be provided as this work progresses.

Reflecting on his appointment, Toby Sanders said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as the Designate Chief Executive for Northamptonshire’s ICB. I believe working together across health and care as an integrated system gives us a real opportunity to make a positive difference to people’s lives in terms of their health outcomes and experience of care.

“I’m looking forward to being able to build on the positive relationships between partners that have been strengthened over the last 20 months and to accelerate the development of our local collaborative and place arrangements as the basis of how we will work together to deliver care going forward.”

Naomi Eisenstadt added: “I am sure, like me, you will look forward to continuing to work with Toby and other colleagues on improving care for the people of Northamptonshire. While getting our structures and governance right is crucial, integrated care is about practical, real improvements to care and population health. We thank you for your continued effort to make integrated care a reality, and I will keep you updated as preparations for statutory footing continue.”

Local NHS Chairs and Council Leaders welcome appointment

Dr Joanne Watt, GP Chair at NHS Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “I have really enjoyed working with Toby since he came to Northamptonshire as Chief Executive for our Clinical Commissioning Groups in 2018 and am delighted that he has been appointed to be our new Designate Chief Executive of Northamptonshire’s Integrated Care Board (ICB). This means that he will be able to further develop our system ambition to provide equitable and high-quality health and care services for the people of Northamptonshire.”

Crishni Waring, Chair of Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT), said: “This is a really important appointment for Northamptonshire and I am looking forward to working with Toby and Naomi to drive our shared agenda forward.”

Dr Jonathan K Cox, Chairman of Northamptonshire Local Medical Committee (LMC), said: “We are really pleased that Toby has been appointed to the role of ICB Designate Chief Executive. His appointment will bring a welcome continuation of the leadership and expertise he has already brought to his existing roles within the CCG and NHCP, which can only be good news as we work together to provide the best possible health and care services for the people of Northamptonshire.”

Alan Burns, Group Chair, University Hospitals of Northamptonshire, said: “I am delighted to hear of the announcement. This gives us clarity and continuity in a demanding and challenging time.”

Cllr Jonathan Nunn, Leader of West Northamptonshire Council, and on behalf of Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of North Northamptonshire Council, said: “We are pleased at today’s announcement of the appointment of Toby Sanders as Designate Chief Executive of Northamptonshire’s Integrated Care Board. We look forward to continuing working in partnership with Toby in the development of the Integrated Care System to transform and improve health and care services for all residents across our county.”