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Accountable Officer steps down from NHS Vale of York CCG

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Accountable Officer has announced today that he has stepped down from his role as the organisation’s leader.

Dr Mark Hayes, a former GP in Tadcaster, has been the CCG’s Accountable Officer since April 2013.

Dr Paula Evans, Chair of the CCG’s Council of Representatives and a local GP said: “On behalf of the members and staff of the CCG I would like to thank Mark for his work and commitment in establishing the CCG and helping it to develop as a clinically-led commissioning body.

“We are concentrating now on the appointment of Dr Hayes’ successor to lead the CCG.”

Dr Mark Hayes said: “I have decided that the time is right for me to hand over the reins of NHS Vale of York CCG to a new leader.

“The last four years with the CCG, one in shadow form and three as a statutory body, have been the happiest of my career.

“Together we have achieved a great deal as we have striven to make progress towards creating a sustainable healthcare system for the locality.

“Despite posting financial surpluses for two years the CCG experienced a deficit last year and the challenge this brings requires a new leader with a different skill set to my own.

“I am looking forward to taking up a new role where I will be able to focus on my interests in innovation and service improvements.

“I wish the team well for the future and I will always look back with pride on the successes that we achieved.”

Helen Hirst, Chief Officer at Bradford City and Bradford Districts CCGs currently provides leadership and support to CCG as a temporary, interim Accountable Officer. Helen was appointed on a part time, temporary basis in April 2016.

The CCG is working with NHS England to appoint a new Accountable Officer.

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