Chief Executive Officer (Integrated Care Board)

Black Country and West Birmingham CCG


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Job summary

As CEO of the ICS’s Integrated Care Board (ICB) you will work with your colleagues, your community and your partners to deliver a long-term strategy to achieve this. Final appointment as ICB Chief Executive would be dependent on the passage of the Health and Care Bill, and, subject to any potential amendments made to that Bill, be made formally by the ICB Chair on establishment.

Main duties of the job

This is a significant, high-profile role at the cutting edge of public sector reform. To succeed you will need:

  • To share our belief that ICSs should reflect all the communities they serve and the ambition of the NHS long term plan.
  • Significant board level, and CEO experience leading across regulated environments.
  • Strong, strategic leadership skills, critical reasoning and numeracy, with the experience of stewardship of significant public funds, good governance and delivering impactful public outcomes.
  • A track record of leading transformational and digital change and an ability to establish a new organisation, top-team and healthy, stakeholder-led culture across your system. You will know how to lead sophisticated engagement and performance strategies at system level.
  • To be politically astute and an exceptional communicator. This will be demonstrated though a track record of building trusted partnerships which have driven practical, community-led change.
  • To bring current health experience and thinking which drives improvements in care, long-term, preventative strategies for population health and for tackling health inequality.
  • You will have great personal integrity and expect this in others. You will actively champion diversity, inclusion, and equality of opportunity for all.

About us

The Healthier Futures Partnership became designated as an Integrated Care System (ICS) in April 2021 and is currently responsible for the 1.5 million people in the Black Country and West Birmingham. We are now working towards becoming a statutory organisation (subject to legislation) by July 2022. The Department of Health and Social Care has recently determined that our future ICS footprint will be coterminous with the 4 Black Country Places of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton, with a population of 1.26 million and West Birmingham will move to Birmingham and Solihull ICS.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Accountabilities

You will be accountable for devising and delivering a 5-year plan for the ICB in conjunction with your boards, your partners across the ICS and your local community. This will include measures to address elective recovery times, tackle health inequalities and deliver the objectives of the NHS Long Term Plan. The plan must deliver digital innovation and transformation in the delivery of health and care services across the ICS and a sustainable People Plan for the ICS workforce.

You will allocate and manage the NHS budget across your system in line with the plan agreed by your Board, the ICS’s Integrated Care Strategy, the NHS Long Term Plan and NHS People Plan. You will be accountable for ensuring financial balance for the NHS, good value for money for tax-payers and long-term financial health in your system.

You will establish performance oversight arrangements with each provider of NHS services within the ICS. You will lead on the identification of performance risks and issues related to the quality of patient care and work with relevant providers and partners to enable solutions. You will actively address poor performance, working with NHSEI’s regional teams to agree intervention as required. The CEO will ensure effective governance systems are in place throughout the ICS to do this, to secure the ICS plan and ensure the highest quality and safety of care is delivered.

Innovation in the delivery of patient care and particularly in improved access, better patient experiences, increased patient safety - and reduced inequalities in these regards - will be a key priority. The CEO will lead this transformation and encourage activity to accelerate this across their system.

The CEO will ensure their ICB is ‘Well Led’ and lead the development of a system-wide workforce strategy securing workforce supply and productivity. This will include workforce planning, training and activities to secure the NHS People Promise. Arrangements for driving significant improvements in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion will be key. The CEO will also play a lead role (with the NHS Leadership Academy) in the development of leaders, leadership teams and next generation leaders in their system and across their Region. They should ensure their ICB is well positioned as an anchor employer in their system.

This role is dependent on strong relationships with local patient communities, their representatives and ICS partners. The CEO will invest in an engagement and communication plan which builds confidence through routine listening events and involvement in the design of care improvements. Reducing health inequality and improving equal access to care will be prioritised.

You will lead the Emergency, Preparedness, Prevention response and hold civil contingency responsibility for the ICB reporting through to the Regional NHSE/I team.


Person Specification



  • Extensive knowledge of the health, care and local government landscape and an understanding of the social determinants of public health.
  • Current thinking on practices which reduce health inequality, improve patient access, safety and Well Led.
  • Sound understanding of strategic financial planning, oversight and control of significant public funds.



  • Executive health care experience is essential. Additional experience outside of health is desirable.
  • Substantial experience of operating at board level and as a CEO leading across complex, regulated environment. A track record of navigating the media and political stakeholders will be key.
  • Experience of delivering digital and workforce transformation at scale.

Personal Values


  • Personal commitment to the values of the NHS Long Term Plan, the NHS People Plan, Nolan principles and the Fit and Proper Persons regime
  • Demonstrates a compassionate leadership style with a track record of improvements to equality, diversity and inclusion (in respect of boards, patients and staff)
  • Lives by the values of openness and integrity and has created cultures where this thrives.



  • Exceptional communication skills which engender community confidence, strong collaborations and partnerships
  • Strong critical thinking and strategic problem-solving: the ability to anticipate and frame issues to drive effective strategy, problem resolution and action. Analytical rigour and numeracy will play a key role in this.
  • Sophisticated leadership and influencing skills; building compassionate cultures where individuals and teams thrive at organisation, partnership and system levels.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Employer details

Employer name

Black Country and West Birmingham CCG


Wolverhampton Civic Centre

St Peter's Square



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Date posted

28 April 2022

Pay scheme

Very senior manager (VSM)





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Wolverhampton Civic Centre

St Peter's Square



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