Croydon NHS announces new finance leader

Today Croydon Health Services NHS Trust and NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are announcing a new Joint Chief Financial Officer, helping to ensure best value as the two organisations continue closer working to improve the health and care of one London’s largest boroughs. 

Mike Sexton is the new Joint Chief Financial Officer, having previously worked as Chief Finance Officer at Croydon CCG. More than £560m was spent on Croydon’s health services last year (2018/19), and the CCG’s financial performance is now rated as “good” by NHS England.

Mike formerly worked as the Deputy Director of Finance at Sutton & Merton Primary Care Trust. In his new role, he will oversee the joint controlled financial total, implemented between the CCG and CHS for 2019/20. 

Mike Bell, chairman of Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, said: 

“Our joint working between the Trust and CCG puts Croydon at the forefront of how the NHS is changing to meet health needs of the communities we care for. For the first time, the Trust and CCG have agreed shared financial targets to fund service improvements in the borough. Mike’s role is critical in helping us take this forward and his appointment marks another important milestone for us all in joining-up our services to improve the health and care of people in Croydon.”

The Trust and the CCG’s joint working is aimed at enabling more residents to live and stay well, supporting them to remain independent and to choose how they manage their care, with high quality services available when they need treatment.

Mike joins the shared leadership team, working with Matthew Kershaw, Trust Chief Executive and Place Based Leader for Health across the Trust and the CCG. Together they will support front line teams to tackle Croydon’s specific health needs. These include higher rates of diabetes and heart disease compared to the average Londoner and reduced life expectancy by up to a decade in some neighbourhoods.

Mike said: 

“I am hugely motivated by the ambitions for health and wellbeing in Croydon, first at the CCG and now across both organisations. And it is great to be part of a team, working together with staff across multiple organisations to do more for our local communities.”

Azara Mukhtar, who has served as the Trust’s Director of Finance for more than six years, will stay on for an agreed period to support the closer integration of the health and care system in Croydon.

Matthew Kershaw, Trust Chief Executive and Place Based Leader for Health, said: 

“We are in a unique position here in Croydon to lead the way in bridging health and care services to provide more holistic care for local people. Increasingly this means looking after someone’s health as well as their treatment of injury or illness. 

“By establishing a shared leadership team, we can speed-up decision making and free-up much needed resources to help clinicians on the frontline care for our growing community.

“I am really pleased that Mike will be part of this team helping us to move forward. It is thanks to his work, alongside Azara, that our finances are now in stronger health. Azara especially needs credit for helping to turnaround the Trust. For the first time in five years, Croydon Health Services has achieved a surplus. She has been instrumental in making this happen and her insight and continued hard work will be integral as we move forward to join up our care and support for the borough.”

Dr Agnelo Fernandes, a local GP and Chair of NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“We are immensely proud of the progress we are making toward alignment. While these are new ways of working together, we are committed to our shared ambition to do more for the benefit of neighbourhoods across Croydon.”  

The new Joint Director of Strategy and Transformation is also due to be confirmed shortly, in another role across the two organisations. Other recent appointments roles include Chief Operating Officer, Lee McPhail responsible for the daily running of Croydon University Hospital and the Trust’s community services. Last year a joint Chief Pharmacist and Chief Nurse for Croydon were also brought in to work across both organisations.

All aim to reduce duplication, speed-up decision making and free-up resources to support frontline clinical teams.

Further information

If you have any questions, would like further information about the changes or would like someone from the CCG to come and talk to your organisation about these changes, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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