Dr James Kent has been appointed as the Executive Lead of the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care System (ICS) and Accountable Officer of the three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) within the patch. He will lead the ICS, working with health and care leaders from acute, community, mental health and ambulance trusts, local government and other partners, and also head up a single management team supporting the Buckinghamshire, Oxford and Berkshire West CCGs – a move which was agreed by the three CCG Governing Bodies earlier this year. Dr Kent brings over 25 years of experience in healthcare to the role. He is a doctor by training, was a partner at the Boston Consulting Group and, until July last year, was the Special Adviser for Health to former Prime Minister Theresa May.
He formally started in this role on 18th May, taking over from Dr Cathy Winfield, who has been the Berkshire West Accountable Officer since 2013, and from Fiona Wise who has led the ICS since March 2018 and more recently also Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire CCGs.
Fiona Wise stepped down from her ICS and CCG roles on 17th May. She will continue to work within the BOB ICS patch until the end of May. Her focus will be on supporting James as he takes on his ICS and CCG responsibilities, and continuing the joint health and care effort to combat COVID 19. Dr Cathy Winfield will continue to support the BOB ICS until mid-June, when she will take up a role with the National NHSE/I Primary Care Team working on primary care strategy.
Dr Abid Irfan, Clinical Chair of Berkshire West CCG said: “I would like to thank Cathy for her dynamic leadership in Berkshire West since 2007 and as Chief Officer for the CCGs since 2013. Highly respected and with over 40 years NHS experience, she has been committed to partnership working and innovative transformation of healthcare. She is always ahead of the national curve and successfully led Berkshire West to becoming one of the first Integrated Care Systems in the country. We wish her well for all her future ventures.”
David Clayton-Smith, BOB ICS Independent Chair, welcomed Dr Kent’s appointment; “I am delighted to be able to welcome James to this new joint ICS/CCG role – he brings with him a wealth of clinical and managerial experience. I look forward to working with him as we continue our joint health and care effort to combat COVID-19 and develop plans to help our local communities as we address the impact of this unprecedented situation. Our recent and continued experience will undoubtedly help us as we look to restore and reset the system and continue our progress towards a fully integrated care system.
“My thanks to Fiona Wise for all she has achieved with her senior leadership colleagues. Together they have developed a strong collective approach while ensuring a continued focus on our counties, towns and neighbourhoods.”