Health and care experts share top job to shape services in Herts and west Essex
Plans for an integrated health and care system for Bishop's Stortford and beyond are to be spearheaded by two experts in a job-share.
Beverley Flowers, chief executive of East and North Herts Clinical Commissioning Group, and Iain MacBeath, Herts County Council's director of adult care services, have been appointed by the Hertfordshire and West Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership as joint lead officers.
They replace Deborah Fielding, who retired in April, and will each work two days a week in tandem with their current roles. They will work with independent chairman Paul Burstow to navigate the next steps for the area's 1.5 million residents.
Mr Burstow said: "Iain and Beverley have more than 40 years of combined experience in their fields. They are both respected leaders and known for their commitment to real partnership working.
"Their track records of putting service users, patients and carers at the heart of everything they do mean that their influence reaches beyond traditional organisational boundaries.
"I'm looking forward to working with Beverley and Iain to help deliver a healthier future for our population, our staff and health and care services."
Mr MacBeath said: "I'm delighted to take up this opportunity at such a key stage in the transformation of our health and care system.
"This role gives me the opportunity to work with colleagues in the voluntary sector, our district and county councils and the area's health and care providers and commissioning organisations to support people to lead happier, healthier lives."
Ms Flowers added: "Iain and I are committed to ensuring that clinical and professional expertise continues to be nurtured and supported in the Hertfordshire and West Essex STP area.
"We plan to get out and about across the patch, learning from colleagues in west Essex and Hertfordshire and championing the examples of excellent practice that exist across the whole system.
"There's a lot of energy and enthusiasm for positive, person-centred change in our area and we will embrace the challenge of transforming that passion into action."