Two new Board members are set to lead improvements to local health services

Two new Board members are set to lead improvements to local health services

23rd October 2017

Nicky Harkness has joined West Leicestershire CCG as Director of Service Redesign and Integration. The new role will focus on improving community services and developing new integrated locality teams across Leicestershire and Rutland.

Nicky joins the Board at West Leicestershire CCG as Angela Bright leaves the organisation to retire from full time NHS work. Angela's departure has led to a review of director posts and her previous role has been divided into two, with each playing a larger part working across the whole of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland through our Better Care Together Partnership.

As part of these changes, Ian Potter, who has been with West Leicestershire CCG since its inception, will take on the role of Director of Primary Care. He said: “I’m looking forward to building on the good progress we have already made and continuing to work with our patients, member practices and Federations to improve primary care.”
Nicky, who was previously the Chief Operating Officer at East Staffordshire CCG, will bring a wide range of skills and experience. From a registered nursing background, she has held a range of commissioning and provider roles across quality improvement, public health, partnership working, service redesign and contracting. She said: “I’m excited to be working with other local organisations in the Better Care Together programme to further develop integrated teams that will provide specialist care for local residents in their own homes. I’ll also be leading work locally to improve the services we can provide to patients at the end of their lives to better support them and their families in the most appropriate and comfortable settings for them.”
Managing director Toby Sanders said: "I'd like to welcome Nicky and Ian to their new roles and thank Angela as we wish her all the best for the future. Dividing Angela's previous role in this way will allow Nicky and Ian to continue to build on Angela's work to improve services locally for patients in West Leicestershire and also across the region as part of the Better Care Together Partnership.”

Chief Nurse and Quality Lead, Caroline Trevithick, will also become deputy MD for West Leicestershire CCG.