Steven Course, currently Chief Finance Officer and Deputy Chief Executive at East London NHS Foundation Trust has been appointed Director of Finance-designate of the new Integrated Care Board (ICB) of Norfolk and Waveney’s Integrated Care System (ICS).

Welcoming the appointment, Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive Officer-designate of the NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board, said:

“I am delighted to have appointed Steven as Director of Finance-designate. Steven impressed the interview panel with his track record as an extremely experienced Finance leader with a strong and innovative focus on patients, services and communities.

“Steven will play a vital leadership role as we seize this exciting opportunity to transform and integrate health and care services for the benefit of over 1 million people in Norfolk and Waveney.”

In addition to the CEO-designate role, this is the first of a number of roles to be appointed on the NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board, subject to Royal Assent of the Health and Social Care Bill, which is currently being reviewed by Parliament.

Steven joined the NHS graduate national financial management training scheme in 2002 and was appointed as Chief Finance Officer with ELFT in June 2015; he was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the Trust in June 2021. Steven has over 19 years’ NHS experience in mental health, community, acute and strategic organisations including the Department of Health.

Steven said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Director of Finance-designate to the NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board.

“After working for many years in East London, Bedfordshire and Luton I am thrilled to be coming to the Norfolk and Waveney system at an exciting and crucial time for the health service.

“Throughout my career, I have been committed to putting the patient first, tackling equality and diversity and improving quality. I firmly believe that we have a real opportunity to deliver on these agendas, and more, with effective collaboration across health and care services.

“I am confident that the passion, energy and determination we have in Norfolk and Waveney will ensure we succeed, helping to improve the lives of people in Norfolk and Waveney.”

The appointment was made after an open and competitive recruitment and assessment process, which included a multi-organisation stakeholder panel.

The NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board (ICB) will be the NHS organisation with responsibility for planning to meet local health needs, allocating resources, ensuring that services are in place to deliver against ambitions, and overseeing delivery of improved outcomes for the people of Norfolk and Waveney.

Tackling inequalities in health outcomes, the ICB will be part of the Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care System, working with partners in local government, the voluntary sector and others and helping the NHS to support broader social and economic development.

The ICB will be one of two new statutory bodies in the Norfolk and Waveney ICS, the other being a new Integrated Care Partnership that will bring together the NHS, local government, the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector and other partners to focus on prevention, wider social and economic factors affecting people’s health and reducing health inequalities.