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CEO of NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Integrated Care Board announced

Plans to transform Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s health and care system, which has people’s needs firmly at its heart, have taken a giant stride forward following the appointment of 2 new leaders.
Kate Shields has been formally appointed as the inaugural designate chief executive officer for the new NHS Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Integrated Care Board (ICB), which brings together the area’s NHS, local authorities, voluntary sector, and independent providers to work together to improve people’s experiences of health and care services.

Kate’s appointment as chief executive, which was following a competitive interview process, was made after the appointment of John Govett as the designate chair of NHS Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s ICB last month.

Both roles are subject to the statutory start of the ICB in April 2022.

Prior to appointment as ICB chief executive officer, Kate was formerly chief executive of Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, and NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group’s accountable officer.

Kate, a former nurse, said: “I’m delighted to be offered this exciting challenge. I am looking forward to working with all colleagues across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to look at problems in the round and to come up with solutions together.

“What really matters to me is making a difference to the lives of all our people, including those who have the greatest social or health disadvantage. Enabling our entire population to be safe, happy, and healthy, from the moment they are born, and regardless of where they live has to be our joint goal. Health is more than just the avoidance of illness; it is the ability to enjoy life and to make the most of all the opportunities open to us.

“Leading our integrated care system (ICS) in the pursuit of better health for all is a real privilege and one that I will be eager to crack on with straight away.

“During the past 18 months, the NHS, local authorities, the voluntary sector and other partners have been working together closely. We’ve seen some great examples of what happens when the lines between organisations are blurred. We have worked together to solve difficult issues and in that we have seen new teams and new relationships develop in the places where our people live. Our ICS will build upon this firm foundation, and we will be working together for the people we serve in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

“I am confident we are on the right path to finally be able to provide the seamless care that people deserve and have told us they want to receive.”

John Govett said: “Congratulations to Kate on her appointment. She will bring a wealth of knowledge and clinical experience which I know will help drive forward our system’s health and care work to create a person-centred, clinically-led and evidence-based health and care system for our local people.”

Added on 30 November 2021, in Announcements - Announcement

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