The leadership team for the new Black Country Integrated Care Board (ICB) continues to take shape with the appointment of a new executive.

The ICB, which will begin operation on 1 July 2022, has successfully appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer. The news follows last week’s announcement that the NHS had gone out to advert for a substantive Chief Executive Officer to lead the ICB.

The role of Chief Operating Officer will be held by Mr Matthew Hartland, who is currently deputy accountable officer of Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (BCWB CCG).

Mr Hartland will join the Executive Board of the ICB alongside the already-appointed Chief Medical Officer, Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Finance Officer.

Mark Axcell, Interim Chief Executive Designate of the NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board, said: “I’m delighted to announce the appointment of our colleague Matthew Hartland to the future executive team of the ICB.

“The leaders of our ICB will play a vital role working with partners to improve health outcomes for local people. Matthew will bring a wealth of well-established local knowledge to the post, alongside a real commitment to reducing health inequalities and delivering a healthier future for the Black Country.”

The ICB is currently advertising for a substantive CEO. Full details of the CEO role can be found here. A sixth Executive role – Chief People Officer – is also being advertised with a closing date of Sunday, 8 May. Details of this opportunity are available here.

The process to appoint a Chief Equality and Innovation Officer was unsuccessful, however plans are being made to ensure that this important role is covered on an interim basis. Information about the ICB leadership roles can be found here.

About the new Chief Operating Officer:

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As Chief Operating Officer, Mr Matthew Hartland will lead the day-to-day business operations of the ICB to ensure it meets its statutory, national and local obligations and priorities. He will lead development of the ICB 5-year Strategic Plan and annual operational plan. A key part of his role will be to ensure the ICB can deliver these plans, monitor system performance and drive improved health outcomes and reduced health inequalities. He will also oversee development of the ICS’s provider operating model, incorporating provider collaboratives and place-based partnerships along with the development of place-based infrastructure.

“It is a privilege to have been appointed into a role where I can use my experience and expertise to drive real changes to the health of local people. With their focus on collaboration, the new landscape of integrated care systems creates the perfect environment for us to work together to tackle some of the wider health inequalities. My priority is to work collaboratively with executive colleagues, local partners, people and communities to understand their needs and develop plans which meet them.”

Matthew has worked within the health sector in the Black Country for over 30 years. Whilst his background has predominantly been within NHS Finance, more recently he has held senior Strategic Chief Finance Officer and Strategic Planning roles. Matthew’s most recent role was Deputy Chief Executive of the Black Country & West Birmingham CCG.

After qualifying and becoming a member of the Chartered Institute of Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), Matthew gained his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Aston University. He is also a Director of Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton LIFTCos, joint ventures with the private sector to improve healthcare infrastructure facilities locally.