Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS) has today announced that Ed Garratt has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer Designate (CEO) for the new NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board (ICB).
Welcoming the appointment, Professor William Pope, Chair of the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System, said: “I am so pleased that Ed is set to take on this new role.
“He is an incredible individual who has worked tirelessly to create an accessible and equitable health and care system locally.
“Ed has achieved much to be proud of and I am confident that he is the right person to lead the system for the benefit of the health and wellbeing of our local population.”
Mr Garratt’s appointment follows an open and competitive recruitment process.
He will be responsible for overseeing the commissioning, performance, financial management and transformation of the local NHS – working in partnership with local councils, charities, voluntary groups and others – as part of the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS).
Commenting on his appointment, Ed said: “It is a privilege to be appointed and to lead such a talented team.
“I truly believe greater integration and partnership working is the way forward, so we can address the service challenges and health inequalities that exist in our local population.
“The last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all, and every aspect of our lives, but it has deepened the commitment of our local health and care staff to deliver improved services for our communities.
“We have a very strong base on which to build even better outcomes in terms of people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing.”
Sharon Alexander, Chief Officer, CVS Tendring, said: “I am delighted to hear the news. Ed Garratt is passionate about providing the best possible services for local people.
“He has shown a commitment to helping achieve resilience and sustainability for voluntary sector partners, to tackling health inequalities to those most in need.
“Ed is a kind person and hugely respected by all who work with him.”
Andy Yacoub, CEO Healthwatch Suffolk, said: “This is great news. Ed has always been adamant about the need to identify and tackle inequalities and coproduce services with those that use them.
“This is especially important if we are to best serve our whole population, make the most of our resources, and ensure we leave no one behind.
“This ethos has helped our system go beyond normal NHS thinking, in the process bringing more people to the table so that we hear all voices, because we now know that we can’t be well, until we’re all well.
“We particularly welcome Ed’s understanding and support of the resilience of our Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector, at such a critical time for our population, and the health and care system we all rely on.
“We are lucky to have a leader who has shown repeatedly that he is prepared to listen and to admit when things could have been better – absolutely invaluable if change means better, and not just different.”
Craig Black, Interim Chief Executive, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: “On behalf of everyone at the Trust, I want to extend our congratulations to Ed on his appointment.
“We have worked very closely with Ed for a number of years and his knowledge and passion for health and social care has hugely benefited the residents of Suffolk.
“We look forward to continuing to work with him for a long time to come.”
Neill Moloney is Acting Chief Executive at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust. He said: “Ed is a great advocate for patients and local people and I very much welcome his appointment.
“The challenges facing our hospitals are well known, but throughout the pandemic all of us here have worked effectively and supportively with Ed and his team in the health and care system to enable us to deliver the best level of care possible for patients.”
Ed will take up the CEO designate role prior to statutory accountability changing on 1 April 2022, subject to Parliament confirming the current plans.