A national recruitment process to appoint independent Chairs to newly created Integrated Care Systems has now been completed. In 2020 Jenni Douglas-Todd was appointed as our first independent chair in Dorset through a competitive process. We are pleased to say that Jenni is continuing in her role as we enter a pivotal and exciting time for the NHS and our wider Integrated Care System.

The appointment of Chairs follows a competitive selection process involving a wide range of local and regional stakeholders. Collaboration between partners is essential to address health inequalities and so that we can provide effective and efficient services for the people of Dorset. This appointment is an important step towards the creation of statutory Integrated Care Boards which will also replace existing NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups from 1 April 2022.

Jenni said: “It is clear that the public and the organisations who make up the ‘Our Dorset’ partnership have a shared commitment to provide good health, care and well-being for all of Dorset’s communities.

“Our ICS has been at the forefront of delivering integrated care, particularly in our response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have delivered the biggest vaccination programme in health service history with more than a million doses in Dorset alone.

“There remains much for us to do to create a truly Integrated Care System in Dorset, that tackles inequalities and puts our residents and communities at the heart of what we do”.

Last year the Government announced their next steps to build strong and effective Integrated Care Systems (ICS) across England. In 2018 Dorset became one of the first ICSs in England. Now all areas across England will follow this way of working and become an ICS.