Suffolk: NHS Suffolk chief executive handed new role

THE chief executive of NHS Suffolk is leaving his post having been made a regional director for the new NHS Commissioning Board.

Dr Paul Watson has been made the regional director for Midlands and East, one of the four regional directors for the NHS Commissioning Board (NHSCB).

The role involves supporting the new Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) in the region to develop strong and innovative commissioning as well as the management of the NHSCB’s direct commissioning functions for primary care, specialised commissioning and other services.

Dr Watson said: “It is with great sadness that I will be leaving NHS Suffolk and a role that I consider myself extremely fortunate in holding for the last 18 months.

“Staff and healthcare workers in Suffolk are hardworking and passionate about delivering the very best level of health care to local people, and I am delighted to have worked with them.” Dr Watson will continue his role with NHS Suffolk for the time being and also spend time developing the NHSCB in the region.

Alastair McWhirter, NHS Suffolk chairman, said: “Paul has done a tremendous job for the people for people in Suffolk. His drive and leadership has helped the NHS in Suffolk to make some incredible achievements.

“Paul’s new role with the NHS Commissioning Board is a testament to his ongoing commitment to the NHS. We wish him well for the future.”