An interim chief executive has permanently joined NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG where he will oversee a triple merger to create the largest commissioning group in England.
Paul Jennings, who has been with the group since July, will oversee the merging of Birmingham CrossCity, Birmingham South Central and Solihull CCGs, which is due to be completed by April 1.
Jennings said that his team has a “great opportunity” to impact on the lives of local people.
“The new CCG will be a large and ambitious organisation, with big challenges,” he said.
“The new CCG will be a large and ambitious organisation, with big challenges. We have much to do to ensure that we are commissioning high-quality and sustainable services for our patients, which address the massive health inequalities across the area.”
Jennings has experience leading a number of NHS organisations and retired from the health service last year after 38 years.
Dr Peter Ingham, clinical chair of Birmingham and Solihull CCG, added: “I am delighted to welcome Paul as the new permanent chief executive of our CCG and look forward to working with him to continue to build strong and mutually beneficial partnerships with our health and social care partners across Birmingham and Solihull.”