NHS Clinical Commissioners names former CCG AO Louise Patten as new CEO

Louise Patten

The new chief executive of NHS Clinical Commissioners has been named as Louise Patten, who has just stepped down as the chief executive of NHS Buckinghamshire and NHS Oxfordshire CCGs. Current NHSCC chief executive Julie Wood retires from the role in June. NHS Clinical Commissioners is part of the NHS Confederation.

Louise comes with a wealth of experience and a national reputation for clinical leadership and innovation. She was previously chief officer of Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern CCG, successfully leading a federation of the two Buckinghamshire CCGs and the successful bid for Buckinghamshire to become one of the first eight Integrated Care Systems (ICSs). In Oxfordshire, her input has supported the system leadership transformation, resulting in the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West STP becoming a third wave ICS.

Louise also has experience of working at board level within NHS provider and commissioner organisations and has worked for a commercial healthcare company. She maintains her District Nursing registration and describes her approach to commissioning services as ‘patient-focused’, recognising the importance of sustainable primary and community health and care to support out of hospital transformation.
Louise will start her new role in June.

Commenting on her appointment, Louise said, “I am hugely honoured to be taking on this role at a time when the NHS’s role has never before been so important. NHS Clinical Commissioners has been playing a vital role on behalf of its members, representing them and influencing decision-makers to be able to do their jobs as effectively as possible. Never before has it been so key that the commissioning voice is heard. As an NHSCC member I have always felt very well supported and would always recommend membership to CCG colleagues.

“It has also been so important for the whole of the NHS system to work together, and I have seen the amazing commitment of colleagues to break down barriers to work together in this most extraordinary effort.”

Congratulating her on her new role, Chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners and NHS Confederation advisor Dr Graham Jackson said: ”Louise has a strong history of supporting clinical leadership and was a highly regarded CCG chief officer. Having worked with her before I really look forward to re-establishing our working partnership at NHSCC.”

Niall Dickson, CEO of NHS Confederation, said, ““We are delighted that Lou is joining the senior team at the Confederation. Her experience as a commissioner, clinician and leader will be invaluable as we move forward towards a new integrated future for the NHS in England. The role of commissioning is changing but the objective voice of the commissioner and the key role of clinicians will be more vital than ever. Lou will be a key figure in shaping that future and the Confederation’s role in the developing NHS.”

Current CEO of NHS Clinical Commissioners, Julie Wood commented: “I am pleased to be handing the NHSCC baton over to Lou, though none of us could have anticipated the circumstances in which I do so. I am proud of everything NHSCC and its team has achieved over the past 7 years since I became Chief Executive and know that I am leaving it in good hands. I want to thank all the members for their support and wish them the very best as they continue to work hard to support the COVID-19 effort.”

Louise has returned to frontline clinical work to help with the COVID-19 effort until she takes up the reins at NHS Clinical Commissioners.

21 April 2020