Wilf Williams returns to Kent to head up the newly-formed Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Ashford CCG Clinical Chair Dr Navin Kumta to take on the role of Clinical Chair for the new CCG

After a rigorous selection process, the eight CCGs in Kent and Medway have confirmed that the Accountable Officer for the newly formed Kent and Medway CCG will be Wilf Williams.

Wilf has extensive experience of leading health organisations in Kent and developing services across the region, and has spent most of his career in the NHS. From 2002 to 2006, he was the Chief Executive of the Canterbury and Coastal Primary Care Trust (PCT), which both planned and delivered health and care services to more than 600,000 people in the Canterbury area. He took on the role having previously been Chief Executive of the Canterbury and Coastal Primary Care Group, which became a PCT in 2002.

Prior to this, Wilf had been the Health Commissioner for the Canterbury and Coastal area of the East Kent Health Authority, and had held number of other senior health roles in the UK and Australia. He brings experience in both commissioning and provider roles and has worked across primary, community, acute and mental health sectors.

Since 2006, Wilf has been working as a Director in the National Health & Human Services practice in Australia for the prestigious consultancy firm KPMG. In the role he oversaw a number of projects for the Australian health system, including major service redesigns and the improvement of health services for servicemen in the Australian armed forces.

As Accountable Officer and system leader Wilf will lead the transformation of Kent and Medway, and deliver our ambition to integrate health and care services to improve the health and care of our population of 1.8 million people.

Wilf will take forward the bringing together of the eight CCGs into a single organisation, taking forward the good work that is already underway to merge organisations from April 2020. He will take on the role formally from the beginning of April 2020, following a handover period with outgoing Accountable Officer Glenn Douglas, and will also lead the STP as it evolves into an Integrated Care System, supporting ever-closer working between the health and care organisations in the region.

Commenting on his appointment, Wilf said:

“I’m looking forward enormously to working with partners across the NHS and beyond as well as engaging with patients and communities to drive the development of a truly integrated care system. Returning to the NHS in Kent & Medway, where I enjoyed many rewarding years earlier in my career, is both a thrill and a privilege. I am joining at a time of great opportunity with the merger of the CCGs as the NHS moves into a new era of collaboration as we focus together on helping local people live their best life.”

Wilf will be joined on the CCG’s board by the newly appointment Clinical Chair, Dr Navin Kumta. Navin is currently the Clinical Chair of Ashford CCG, and has been involved in a number of health care bodies in Kent, including the NHS East Kent Federation and the Ashford Health and Wellbeing Board.

A practicing GP with clinical interests in primary care and respiratory care, Navin moved to Kent in 2001. He has been caring for patients at the Willesborough Health Centre in Ashford since 2005.

Navin said: “This is a really exciting time for clinically-led commissioning. The new Kent and Medway wide CCG will be looking to take a more strategic approach to improving healthcare for our whole population of around 1.8million people. We’ll be focusing much more on setting the outcomes of better health that we want to see. We’ll then work with the four integrated care partnerships as they design and deliver the most effective care tailored to the needs in their areas.”