CEO appointed to lead partnership of health and care organisations

Sue Harriman has been appointed as Chief Executive Designate of the BSW Integrated Care Board (BSW ICB), which is due to be established in April 2022.

Sue is currently CEO of Solent NHS Community and Mental Health Trust in Hampshire.

The BSW ICB will be a new statutory NHS organisation responsible for planning and delivering local health and care services and is being set up as part of the government’s new health and care reforms.

The ICB will work collaboratively with partner organisations including the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector and people and communities in each Integrated Care System (ICS).

Commenting on her appointment, Sue said: “I’m really looking forward to joining NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Integrated Care Board as Chief Executive Designate.

“I firmly believe that by better joining up health and care services, we can improve services, patient outcomes and the health and wellbeing of local people, whilst also making improvements for those of us working in health care.  

“An important part of deciding how services should be arranged is through the involvement of the people who use them; meeting with local people to understand how health and care needs can be met locally is something that is really important to me.” 

Sue has been Chief Executive of Solent NHS Trust since 2014 and in February this year completed a six-month secondment as Chief Operating Officer for the national Covid-19 vaccination deployment programme.

With more than 16 years of clinical experience gained from working as a nurse in the Royal Navy, Sue joined the NHS in 2002 as a nurse consultant in infection prevention.

Sue Harriman will join the BSW ICB in February 2022.

Stephanie Elsy, Chair Designate of the BSW Partnership said: “Sue is an outstanding CEO and has a wealth of experience in health and care leadership, transformation and community engagement.

“I am delighted she will be joining us to lead our partnership in achieving our shared vision of improving health outcomes and working together to empower people to lead their best life.”

Leadership of the local health and care system continues to be provided by Tracey Cox until further notice.

Tracey Cox was the Accountable Officer for Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) from 2014 and led Wiltshire CCG for over a year before being appointed as Chief Executive of BSW CCG and Senior Responsible Officer for the BSW Partnership.

Commenting on Tracey Cox, Stephanie Elsy said: “Tracey’s calm and supportive leadership of our health and care system has been vital to manage the challenge and consequences of the pandemic and ensure the best possible care for our patients and communities. “The groundwork that Tracey Cox has started, with the active support of CCG colleagues and our system partners, has put BSW in a strong position to establish our ICB from April, help improve health outcomes for our local population and address health inequalities.”