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Sussex NHS Commissioners

New Executive Director for Primary Care Commissioning Operations joins Sussex from national team

8 September 2020

Sussex NHS Commissioners, the three clinical commissioning groups in Sussex, have appointed Amy Galea as their new Executive Director of Primary Care.

Amy has significant experience leading system development and most recently has been Deputy Director for System Transformation for NHS England and Improvement.

In her new role, Amy will lead the work to further develop primary care provision and working with primary care leaders deliver on our strong and ambitious plans for Primary Care Networks. She will be progressing the transformation of primary care in Sussex so that our residents receive high quality healthcare when they need it and are supported to live healthy lives.

Amy, who originally trained as a radiographer, holds a Masters in Public Health and has held numerous roles across the NHS, Department of Health, The King’s Fund and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Amy said:

“Our primary care services are under as much pressure as they ever have been. However, the commitment and innovation of primary care has never been more evident. I am really excited to be joining Sussex NHS Commissioners at such an important time to build on this and put primary care on the strongest possible footing.”

As Executive Director for Primary Care Commissioning Operations, Amy will lead work to further develop primary care as an integral part of the Sussex system and ensure its role as a core partner in the delivery of the commitments made in the Long Term Plan, Integrated Care System reform, and the local move towards integrated health and care commissioning.

The appointment has been made by Sussex NHS Commissioners, the three clinical commissioning groups in Sussex – NHS Brighton and Hove CCG, NHS East Sussex CCG and NHS West Sussex CCG.

Karen Breen, Interim Chief Officer for the Sussex NHS Commissioners, said:

“Primary Care has made significant progress in recent years to transform services in Sussex and respond to the needs of our population. At such a pivotal juncture they have developed a primary care representative model moving from a collective of individual practices to become a real partner within our system, driving forward our ambition to improve outcomes for local people.

“The CCG team has worked extremely hard to support this development, and this is evident, not least by Sussex being one of the first areas across the country to have 100% coverage of Primary Care Networks.

“Welcoming Amy to join our senior leadership team is really exciting and I am confident she is going to take the strong foundations that have already been built by the team and help to progress our ambitions even further.”