Chief Executive of the ICS’s Integrated Care Board, West Yorkshire and Harrogate

NHS England & NHS Improvement

West Yorkshire and Harrogate

  • Location

    West Yorkshire and Harrogate

  • Job type


  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    Up to £270,000 depending on experience

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    26 September 2021

  • Client

    NHS England & NHS Improvement

Ref: GSe78293.4

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) is a large integrated care system (ICS) that supports 2.7million people, including 315,000 unpaid carers, living in urban and rural areas. 570,000 are children and young people. 500,000 people live in areas ranked in the most deprived 10% of England. 20% of people are from minority ethnic communities. Together we employ over 100,000 staff and work alongside thousands of volunteers.

The West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership is made up of organisations working closely together to plan services and address the challenges facing health and care services across the area. The partnership includes:

Clinical Commissioning Groups

  • NHS Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group
  • NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group
  • NHS Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group
  • NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group
  • NHS North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group

Local councils

  • Bradford Metropolitan District Council
  • Calderdale Council
  • Craven District Council
  • Harrogate Borough Council
  • Kirklees Council
  • Leeds City Council
  • North Yorkshire County Council
  • Wakefield Council

Care providers

  • Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
  • Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
  • Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Local Community Partnerships
  • The Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
  • Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Other organisations involved

  • NHS England
  • NHS Improvement
  • Public Health England
  • Health Education England
  • Healthwatch

The Employer

Do you have the vision to deliver a new healthcare approach for patients in England?

Integrated care systems (ICSs) are partnerships of health and care organisations that come together to plan and deliver joined up services and to improve the health of people who live and work in their area. They exist to improve outcomes in population health and healthcare; tackle inequalities in patient outcomes, experience and access; enhance productivity and value for money and support broader social and economic development in their area.

As CEO of the ICS’s Integrated Care Board (ICB) you will work with your colleagues, your community and your partners to deliver a long-term strategy to achieve this.

There are now 42 ICSs covering the whole of England, each serving between 500,000 and three million people. Each ICB will hold a substantial budget for commissioning high quality patient care and the authority to establish performance arrangements to ensure this is delivered.

Final appointment as ICB Chief Executive would be dependent on the passage of the Health and Care Bill, and, subject to any potential amendments made to that Bill, be made formally by the ICB Chair on establishment.

These are significant, high-profile roles at the cutting edge of public sector reform. To succeed you will need:

  1. To share our belief that ICSs should reflect all the communities they serve and the ambition of the NHS long term plan.
  2. Significant board level, and CEO experience leading across regulated environments.
  3. Strong, strategic leadership skills, critical reasoning and numeracy, with the experience of stewardship of significant public funds, good governance and delivering impactful public outcomes.
  4. A track record of leading transformational and digital change and an ability to establish a new organisation, top-team and healthy, stakeholder-led culture across your system. You will know how to lead sophisticated engagement and performance strategies at system level.
  5. To be politically astute and an exceptional communicator. This will be demonstrated though a track record of building trusted partnerships which have driven practical, community-led change.
  6. To bring current health experience and thinking which drives improvements in care, long-term, preventative strategies for population health and for tackling health inequality.
  7. You will have great personal integrity and expect this in others. You will actively champion diversity, inclusion, and equality of opportunity for all.

We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity.  We know through experience that the different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better patient outcomes. We welcome applications irrespective of people’s age, disability, sex, gender, identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or other personal circumstances. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustment for people who have a disability.

Further Information

If you have any queries please refer to the Applicant Information Pack on this site initially.  If you would like a confidential discussion regarding the role, please contact Emma Pickup of GatenbySanderson on 07590 225 470 or at

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
23.59 on 26th September 2021

Stakeholder engagement event

18 October 2021

How to apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, completed fit and proper person form, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. 

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you have any problems, please get in touch with the named contacts detailed in the role listing. 


  1. Fit_and_Proper_Person_Declaration - Exec.docx
  2. WYH HCP CEO recruitment pack.pdf