Stephen takes the lead for health care

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AN experienced NHS manager has been chosen to lead a regional health organisation that will form part of the new care system.

Stephen Childs has been appointed Managing Director for North East Commissioning Support (NECS), which will provide business support services to the region’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

From April, the groups will take over responsibility from primary care trusts for the planning and purchasing of NHS services, with an overall budget of £4.8billion.

Commissioning support services need to come through the NHS Commissioning Board’s assurance process and be awarded a licence to operate. NECS has already passed two of three authorisation stages.

Mr Childs, former interim Chief Executive for NHS Tees and Managing Director of Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland Community Services, said: “I am looking forward to working closely with GP leaders across the region to ensure we are providing the high quality support they need to carry out their statutory duties and provide the very best services for patients.

“The future is not without its challenge, and I’m pleased to say we have a huge range of talented and dedicated people who are committed to ensuring our local NHS continues to go from strength to strength, while constantly improving the quality of services and maintaining value for money for the public purse.”