Steven Pleasant, Chief Executive of Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council (TMBC), has been appointed as the interim Accountable Officer of NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG).

The joint role is part of Tameside and Glossop’s ambitious health and social care integration plan that will deliver improved health outcomes for local communities.

SPleasantSpeaking of his new appointment, Steven Pleasant said: “This is an exciting time for health and social care in Tameside and Glossop. The new model of care, Care Together, helps local people to make the right health choices.

“It will support those most at risk of developing poor health, thereby reducing reliance on costly specialist services.  People are supported to stay well, be independent and in control of their own health and the services they receive.”

To achieve this, Care Together takes a ‘place based’ approach and brings together NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, and Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to deliver seamless health and care services for local residents. Care Together will deliver services though an Integrated Care Organisation (ICO) guided by a Single Commissioning Function (SCF) with a £442 million joint budget.

Dr Alan Dow, a Glossop GP and Chair of NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG said: “We are delighted to have someone of Steven’s calibre appointed to the role as Interim Accountable Officer of the CCG. He has a strong track record of leading Tameisde Council during challenging times and continues to ensure the very best services and outcomes for local people.

“Steven’s appointment also enables our development of a Single Commissioning Function to move closer, supporting our overall vision to improve health and social care across Tameside and Glossop.”

The appointment of Steven Pleasant as both Chief Executive and Interim Accountable Officer provides single, focused leadership driving integration from the very top to deliver the single commissioning framework. The £442 million joint budget supports the ICO to develop truly person-centred care and community provision.

Achievements include one of the fastest improving urgent care systems and an award winning truly preventative approach to community and place-based services. Significant investment, particularly in ill health prevention, and the removal of organisational boundaries are enabling innovation, providing a benchmark for others.