The Coalition Government announced a number of reforms to the NHS in its White Paper, Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS, which was published in July 2010.
As part of these reforms, primary care trusts (PCTs) would be abolished and the majority of their functions would be passed to GP-led commissioning consortia.
In January 2011, Sir David Nicholson, the chief executive of the NHS, announced the establishment of PCT clusters.
This was designed to maintain and promote capacity and capability within PCTs during the transition to GP-led commissioning consortia.
The four PCTs in Sussex are operating on a cluster arrangement as NHS Sussex. They are:
Each PCT will retain its local accountability for delivering its annual operating plan, but will share an executive team.
Amanda Fadero, formerly Chief Executive of NHS Brighton and Hove, was appointed as the Chief Executive of NHS Sussex, to lead PCTs, and support the development of clinical commissioning across Sussex.
Amanda has appointed an Executive Team, who will support her in leading an NHS in Sussex which delivers high quality patient care.
Please click on the titles below to read the communications from the cluster.
September 2011: Amanda gives a full update on NHS Sussex structure and plans.
July 2011: This gives an update to the response to the government's NHS Future Forums, structure updates and the appointments of executive leads in each area.
June 2011: Amanda announces the appointment of the Chair and non-executive directors, as well as the medical director.
May 2011: Amanda updates on the timetable for cluster accountability, recommends contributing to the listening exercise, and gives further details of the Executive Team roles.
April 2011: Amanda announces her Executive Team and gives an outline of the next steps following her appointment on 1 April 2011 as the Chief Executive of NHS Sussex.
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