NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has appointed Mike Barker as its Interim Accountable Officer following approval from NHS England.
His post will be in place on a fixed term basis until 31 March 2022, after which point the CCG will transition into the new Greater Manchester Integrated Care System organisation as part of the national NHS reforms to commissioning.
Mike is currently the CCG’s Chief Operating Officer and is also a Strategic Director at Oldham Council.
The CCG’s Chair, Majid Hussain, said: “We are delighted to be able to confirm Mike in this Accountable Officer post. Because of his role over the past few years as Chief Operating Officer for the CCG, his role at the Council, and his involvement at all levels across the NHS system in Greater Manchester, he is well placed to steer us through the final six months of the CCG’s operations.
“Whilst we all already have a lot of change on the horizon to deal with, I have no doubt that Mike and his supporting team will be able to effectively deliver a robust organisational close down and transition into the ‘new world’ of NHS commissioning. And I know Mike will relish this new challenge!”
Mike Barker added: “The NHS nationally is entering into one of its most demanding periods as we recover from COVID whilst also enacting major organisational changes as we transition into integrated care systems. It is an absolute privilege to be appointed to this role at such a challenging time. I was delighted to join the Oldham team three years ago, and during that period we have already achieved many things.
“I now look forward to continuing that work leading the organisation and health system in ensuring that Oldham’s reputation for population health improvement remains strong within Greater Manchester and nationally.”