New STP Executive Lead Appointed
Fiona Wise has been appointed to the role of Executive Lead of the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (BOB STP).
She will join the STP on 5th March 2018.
Fiona is an experienced leader who has been operating at Board Level as a Chief Executive for over 20 years, working in acute, mental health, learning difficulties and community services.
Her previous posts have included Chief Executive roles at Enfield Community Care Trust; Stoke Mandeville NHS Trust; Ealing Hospital Trust and the North West London Hospital Trust. She was Improvement Director for Monitor at United Morecambe Bay Hospitals Foundation Trust and is currently Interim Chief Executive at Kettering General Hospital Foundation Trust.
Fiona will be leading the work of one of the largest non-metropolitan STPs – a partnership which covers a population of 1.8 million people, seven Clinical Commissioning Groups (soon to be merged to three CCGs), six NHS Trusts, 14 local authorities and 175 GP surgeries. The partnership has two first-wave Integrated Care Systems (ICS) – Buckinghamshire and Berkshire West.
Speaking about her appointment, Fiona said: “I am delighted to be joining BOB STP. There is already much to be proud of, currently being the only STP in the country with two first-wave ICSs and a partnership that is rated by NHS England as advanced.
“I am clear that we can only continue to make improvements if we all work together to make our absolute focus improving local health and care services for the communities we serve. I am looking forward to working with colleagues to continue to drive progress forward.”
Professor Gary Ford, Chair of the BOB STP Executive Board welcomed Fiona to the STP: “Fiona brings a wealth of experience and a highly accomplished track record in policy development, delivery and performance improvement. I know that my colleagues are looking forward to working with her to ensure robust delivery within each local health and care system, while maximising the opportunities to draw upon the research and innovation strengths in our region and make improvements when they can be achieved by working at scale across the STP.”
BOB STP is one of the four largest ‘non metropolitan’ STPs in England - each health and care system (Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West) is larger than some STPs elsewhere. The STP is currently the only partnership in the England to have two first-wave Integrated Care Systems (ICSs).
Within BOB STP, there is a strong emphasis on place (i.e. each local health and care system) and an approach to delivery at a local level for each local population. Across the wider STP footprint, the approach is on strategic collaboration and shared learning across the STP (and beyond) when more can be achieved by working together on a larger scale, for example on workforce, digital transformation, maternity and specialised services.
In July 2017 NHS England published its STP progress dashboard (to be refreshed annually). The dashboard tracks the combined achievements of local services through 17 performance indicators across nine priority areas, each falling into three core themes of hospital performance, patient-focused change and transformation
The BOB STP was rated as an advanced STP. There are four STP categories – outstanding; advanced; making progress; needs most improvement.
As well of the success of achieving two first-wave ICSs, the BOB STP has been successful in attracting funding across a wide range of initiatives and service improvements. For example, the STP is home to three Global Digital Exemplars for acute and mental health services – Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – attracting a total of £20million funding to accelerate digital capabilities and create blueprints for wider adoption across the NHS and care system. The Thames Valley Cancer Alliance has won £6million of funding for early diagnosis and recovery programmes, the only Cancer Alliance in the south to win funding for all its bids