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Chief Officer announces move to Brighton and Hove CCG


Adam Doyle, Chief Officer of NHS Merton CCG, will be leaving his role next month to join Brighton and Hove CCG as their new Chief Accountable Officer. 

Adam was appointed as Merton CCG's the Chief Officer in July 2015. Prior to being appointed Chief Officer, Adam was Merton CCG's Director of Commissioning and Planning and Deputy Chief Officer.  After seven years as a key health leader in south west London, Adam will be leave the CCG on 19 October and take up his new role on 1 November 2016.

Adam Doyle said

"It was never going to be an easy decision to leave the CCG but I felt it was the right time to take on the new challenge. I am very pleased with everything that we have achieved since the CCG formed three years ago and it has been a privilege to serve the local population. I have enjoyed working with the people in Merton and thank everyone for their contribution to our work".

Dr Andrew Murray, Clinical Chair of NHS Merton CCG said: 

"Adam has been with our CCG from its beginning and has brought enthusiasm, insight and dedication to the CCG and the people of Merton. He has nurtured the talents of a fantastic team and made sure we always keep patients at the heart of our work.

"He has helped steer the organisation through some particularly difficult times recently and on behalf of the Governing Body I would to thank him for his dedication to our organisation and for ensuring the financial outlook for Merton CCG is in a more positive position than was expected. I know he will bring invaluable expertise to his new role and I wish him every success for the future."

Karen Parsons, currently the Director of Commissioning Operations for Merton CCG, will be taking up the position as Chief Officer until the end of the financial year. A handover period is underway.

Karen Parsons said:

"I am really passionate about delivering the best health care possible for local people and I am immensely proud to have been chosen as the CCG's new Chief Officer. I am looking forward to leading our local health services through an exciting and pivotal time of change for the NHS, both nationally and here in south west London. 

​"I am determined to overcome the challenges that we face and make the most of this opportunity I have been given to ensure that local people receive the care and support they need to live long and healthy lives."

Dr Andrew Murray, Clinical Chair said:

"I am pleased that the CCG has been able to appoint such a strong successor to Adam.  The Governing Body and my fellow GPs are looking forward to working closely with Karen to deliver real improvements in local health services despite the limited financial resources at our disposal."


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Biographical details 

Adam Doyle

Adam Doyle became Chief Officer of NHS Merton CCG in July 2015. He has a wide range of NHS and private healthcare management experience, including strategic leadership roles in both provider and commissioning organisations. Before joining Merton CCG in 2013, he was the Director of Private Care at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, managing the largest private care practice in the NHS. Prior to being appointed Chief Officer, Adam was Merton CCG's Director of Commissioning and Planning and Deputy Chief Officer.

Karen Parsons

Karen is a qualified nurse and experienced senior manager with 43 years continuous service in healthcare across acute, community and primary care provision and commissioning. Karen has previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Transition Director for NHS Surrey Downs CCG and was responsible for a budget of £250m. Karen has extensive experience in Primary Care as Director of Primary Care covering the commissioning and provision of 137 Pharmacists, 210 Dentists, 126 General Practices and 129 Optometrists.

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