Frances O’Callaghan appointed Designate Chief Executive for the North Central London Integrated Care Board

Frances O’Callaghan has been successfully appointed as the Designate Chief Executive for the NHS Integrated Care Board (ICB) for North Central London, following an open and robust recruitment process.

The North Central London ICB will come into existence in 2022 when the Health and Care Bill is passed, as a new NHS body with responsibility for:

  • improving outcomes in population health and healthcare
  • tackling inequalities in outcomes, experience and access
  • enhancing productivity and value for money
  • helping the NHS to support broader social and economic development.

Under the leadership of Frances, the ICB will set the strategic direction and deliver improvements for the health and care system in North Central London (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington), alongside partners and working closely with our people and communities.

The ICB will continue to support the existing strong collaborations that have been established both before and during the pandemic. There will be a focus on integrating services to improve outcomes, recognising that tackling inequalities must be at the heart of what we do.

Frances O’Callaghan, said: “I am honoured to be appointed to this role. I look forward to leading the North Central London Integrated Care Board, and working in close partnership with our five Councils, NHS colleagues, the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, and residents to achieve our shared ambitions to improve the health and wellbeing of our people and communities.

“North Central London has a strong track record of working together to deliver excellent services. However, there is still much more to do to ensure everyone in our boroughs can lead healthy lives – ensuring residents start well, live well and age well. Listening to and involving our people and communities will be essential if we are going to be successful in tackling the stark inequalities we know still exist across our boroughs.”

Sir David Sloman, Regional Director of the NHS in London said: “Frances O’Callaghan will bring a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise to North Central London ICS and I’d like to congratulate her on this new appointment.

“In post, Frances will play a vital role in driving improved services for patients, aligned with the ambitions set out in the London vision, including tackling the health inequalities faced in North Central London and in the rest of the capital. I look forward to working with Frances to achieve these goals along with our other new appointees.”

Mike Cooke, North Central London ICB Chair designate said: “I am delighted Frances has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer for the North Central London ICB. She has been integral to the local COVID-19 response and I am confident will provide excellent leadership for our health and care partnership, working with partners and our communities to make a real difference to health and care in North Central London. I look forward to working with Frances to achieve our ambitions.”

Recruitment to the ICB Chief Executive Officer roles has been led by NHS England and has been taking place for ICSs across the country. Appointments across London ICSs are being announced in November as they are confirmed.