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NHS Suffolk and North East Essex announce Ed Garratt as chief executive officer designate for Integrated Care Board



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Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS) has today announced that Ed Garratt has been appointed as the chief executive officer designate for the new NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board (ICB).

Dr Garratt will take up the CEO designate role prior to statutory accountability changing on 1 April 2022, subject to Parliament confirming the current plans.

"He is an incredible individual who has worked tirelessly to create an accessible and equitable health and care system locally," said Professor William Pope, chair of the Suffolk and North East Essex ICS.

Ed Garratt has been announced as the chief executive designate of NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board.
Ed Garratt has been announced as the chief executive designate of NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board.

He will be responsible for overseeing the commissioning, performance, financial management and transformation of the local NHS – working in partnership with local councils, charities, voluntary groups and others - as part of the Suffolk and North East Essex ICS.

"The last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all, and every aspect of our lives, but it has deepened the commitment of our local health and care staff to deliver improved services for our communities.

"We have a very strong base on which to build even better outcomes in terms of people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing," said Dr Garratt.

The Health and Care Bill 2021,will put ICS on a firm statutory footing, empowering them to better join up health and care, improve population health and reduce health inequalities.

If the Bill is given Royal Assent, Dr Garratt will take up the role on 1 April 2022.

"This is great news, Ed has always been adamant about the need to identify and tackle inequalities and coproduce services with those that use them which is especially important if we are to best serve our whole population, make the most of our resources, and ensure we leave no one behind," said Andy Yacoub, CEO Healthwatch Suffolk.