Mark Burgis, currently Director of Primary and Community Care at NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group has been appointed Director of Patients and Communities-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 really pleased to have appointed Mark as Director of Patients and Communities-designate. Mark impressed the interview panel with his extensive experience of the health and care system in Norfolk and Waveney, drawing in on his substantial experience leading primary and community care in his current role at NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG.

“Mark has a deep passion for making sure that people and communities across Norfolk and Waveney remain our top priority, doing all we can to help make sure people can live longer, healthier and happier lives.

“This new role will signal a completely different way of working for the ICB and change the way we listen to people and communities, in turn, translating their experiences and needs into new services. I am whole heartedly committed to ensuring that the ICB uses every bit of evidence and intelligence gathered from what people tell us to change, improve and develop services of the future.

“I look forward to continue working with Mark as we harness this important opportunity to transform and integrate health and care services for the benefit of over one million people in Norfolk and Waveney.”

This is the latest appointment to 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.

The Director of Patients and Communities post will oversee, but not limited to population health management, primary and community care, urgent and emergency care, health inequalities, oversight of NHS relationships with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE), as well as how we best communicate and engage with people and communities across Norfolk and Waveney.

Mark has worked in the NHS for the last 13 years. He started his career in health and care in 2009, leading on a Department of Health sponsored Integrated Care programme. Since then, he has undertaken a number of senior leadership and executive roles within the NHS, leading multi-disciplinary teams in dynamic, challenging and motivating environments.

Mark said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to this role in what will become the NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board.

“I am passionate about building on the great progress that has been made across Norfolk and Waveney over the last few years to develop our health and care system, building on the firm foundations partners, people and communities have created.

“There is clearly a lot of work ahead to further transform and improve services as we deal with the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“But by working even closer with partners, stakeholders, people and communities across Norfolk and Waveney, I am determined that we will be able to improve the health and care outcomes of people that live in this beautiful part of the country.”

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.