A new Kirklees healthcare partnership has appointed senior members to its committee.
The West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) is a new statutory organisation that will be established on 1 July 2022. It will be part of the West Yorkshire Integrated Care System (ICS) – known as the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership.
Most decisions will be made at place level, in support of local Health and Wellbeing Board priorities and multi-agency partnerships working in communities, including NHS, local authority and voluntary & community sector partners. The Kirklees place-based partnership will be known as the Kirklees Health and Wellbeing Partnership.
After an open and transparent recruitment process, an independent chair and two independent members have been appointed to an ICB Committee with delegated authority from the ICB to make decisions about the use of NHS resources in Kirklees.
One of the committee members selected for the role is Nadeem Raja, who has extensive international experience working in the private, public and voluntary sectors.
He started his UK career at Kirklees Council and has also worked as projects manager for Age Concern as well as serving as chair for their BME National Network.
Mr Raja is currently the General Manager of the Indian Muslim Welfare Society, one of the largest charities in West Yorkshire.
He said, “It’s a great honour to join the ICB Kirklees Committee. I believe in encouraging, supporting and helping individuals and community groups to become part of a solution and I believe this can be achieved by strong partnership working.”
Dr Liz Mear, a senior consultant and national Chair for the NHS Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) is stepping down from her current role as a non-executive director at Health Education England to work as the chair of the partnership.
Hilary Thompson who previously worked as CEO of Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees and held several roles on health sector boards has also been chosen as an independent committee member.
“It’s a great honour to join the ICB Kirklees Committee. I believe in encouraging, supporting and helping individuals and community groups to become part of a solution and I believe this can be achieved by strong partnership working.” – nadeem Raja
Members of the Kirklees ICB Committee will share responsibility for ensuring that it exercises its functions effectively, efficiently, economically, with good governance and in accordance with the terms of the West Yorkshire ICB Constitution.
Carol McKenna, Chief Officer of Kirklees CCG and Designate Place Lead for Kirklees said: “I’m really proud to have worked in Kirklees for over 20 years and am delighted to take on the role of Place Lead for the Kirklees partnership.
“We’ve always worked closely with partners, both in Kirklees and across West Yorkshire, and I believe this new partnership will allow us to build on that work and really drive change in the region.”
Cathy Elliott, Chair-Designate for the NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board said: “I’d like to congratulate Liz, Hilary and Nadeem on their appointments to the Kirklees ICB Place-based Committee.
“They bring with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will be invaluable in leading the way to improved health for local people.
“We have a strong history of collaboration across West Yorkshire, and I am looking forward to continuing this tradition and working alongside them all as we move forward into our new statutory organisation.”
here is the full list of committee members:
Independent Chair – Liz Mear
Independent Member – Nadeem Raja
Independent Member – Hilary Thompson
ICB Accountable Officer (Kirklees) – Carol McKenna
ICB Kirklees Place finance lead – Alison Needham (interim)
ICB Kirklees Place quality lead – Penny Woodhead
Clinical representative drawn from clinical and professional forum – To be confirmed
Partner Member – Local Authority – Jacqui Gedman
Partner Member – Primary Medical Care (1) – Dr Mohammed Hussain
Partner Member – Primary Medical Care (2) – Dr Omar Akhtar
Partner Member – Calderdale & Huddersfield Foundation Trust – Brendan Brown
Partner Member – Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Len Richards
Partner Member – South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – Mark Brooks
Partner Member – Community Services Provider (Locala) – Karen Jackson
Partner Member – VCSE Dipika Kaushal
Partner Member – Healthwatch – Stacey Appleyard