Paul Gibara has been appointed as the new Director of Performance Improvement at NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk, NHS West Suffolk and NHS North East Essex clinical commissioning groups (the CCGs).
In his role Mr Gibara will be responsible for the performance, negotiation and effectiveness of contracts worth in excess of £1 billion with organisations commissioned by the CCGs. These include hospitals, mental health providers, the ambulance service and community health services, which deliver health and care provision for almost one million people.
Mr Gibara has over three decades of NHS experience, starting out as a Registered Nurse in the 1980s, and since then he has held a number of senior clinical, operational and commissioning leadership roles, within a diverse range of settings.
His most recent role was as Chief Commissioning and Performance Officer at NHS East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Gibara said, “I feel exceptionally privileged to be appointed to this role and look forward to helping navigate the CCGs and local health economy through this challenging time.
“I have worked in the NHS for over 30 years and my priority has always been to ensure patients and families receive the highest standard of person-centered care. I have always taken a keen interest in supporting staff and organisations, and the provision of safe, good quality care and effective outcomes, combined with the best use of resources will be my continued intention.”
Dr Ed Garratt, chief executive of the three CCGs, said: “I am really pleased by Paul’s appointment. He has a wide range of experience across the NHS landscape, is empathetic and is very focused on the needs of patients.
“There’s no doubt this is a demanding role, but I pleased that we have been able to appoint someone of such high calibre.”