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Key leadership appointment announced to guide Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent through latest stage of health and care transformation


Together We’re Better has today announced the appointment of  Prem Singh, a former nurse who has served the NHS for 45 years, as the Independent Chair of the shadow Integrated Care System (ICS) for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.


As Chair Prem will provide independent leadership to implement commitments set out in the NHS Long Term Plan that shadow ICSs will be created across England by April 2021.


The shadow ICS will build on the work of Together We’re Better that has been working as the local Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) to transform health and care, bringing together local NHS organisations, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire County Council, the voluntary sector, and the area’s two Healthwatch organisations.


Dr Shammy Noor who has led the appointment process on behalf of Together We’re Better said: “We are delighted to be able to appoint Prem who brings an incredible record of leadership and achievement.


“As Independent Chair he will play a key role in achieving our vision to make Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent the healthiest of places to live and work. This will require us to improve services, define new clinical priorities, enhance primary and community services, and provide improvements in a number of nationally identified areas.


“We were looking for a person with a track-record of being adaptive, dynamic, and being able to build consensus under very challenging circumstances. We believe we have that in Prem.”


Prem is currently Chairman of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust and has served at board level for 30 years, with 11 years as a Chief Executive.


He is the Senior Independent Trustee of the NHS Confederation Board and member of the Chairs Advisory Partnership of 25 Chairs nationally hosted by the Chairman of NHS Improvement. He is also currently on the Midlands Strategic Transformation and Recovery Board and Chairs the Timely and Safe Restoration and Recovery of services working Group.


He was previously appointed to take the lead on Inclusive Leadership on the National Leadership Council and named in the inaugural HSJ listing, as a BME Pioneer. He has a background in general and psychiatric nursing, having previously led community, mental health and learning disability services, including as an Executive Director of Nursing and Quality.”


The Independent Chair is initially accountable to the shadow ICS Board, made up of partner members, and the NHSEI Regional Director for the Midlands.


Prem said: “I am delighted to accept the role of Independent Chair and look forward to supporting the leadership of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to improve the wellbeing of our communities, improve health outcomes whilst tackling health inequalities. I have been very impressed by the energy and ambitions of the leaders I have spoken to and welcome the opportunity to work with them, in partnership, to create a more sustainable future for our citizens, communities and staff.”




Dr Noor added: “I would like to thank Sir Neil McKay for the work he has done so far in guiding Together We’re Better to this point, where we are now able to begin the transition to an ICS. His support and dedication have been greatly appreciated by myself and colleagues.”