A FORMER council chief has been appointed chairman of the new organisation which will run health services in the community throughout Kirklees.
Mark Sanders OBE has been appointed chairman of Locala Community Partnerships, the community interest company (CIC) that provides community health care services.
Locala has a team of 1,200 staff and provides NHS services such as district nursing, health visiting, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, school nursing and community dentistry. It is based at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary’s Acre street site.
The organisation was created when Kirklees Community Healthcare Services (KCHS) separated from NHS Kirklees, the local primary care trust, and aims to give staff and local people the opportunity to have a say in the way services are provided.
Mr Sanders was chief executive of Bury Council in Greater Manchester for 10 years and retired in March. He is vice chairman of the national funding agency for further education and also sits on the Lancashire Fusiliers Museum board.
Three non executive directors have also been appointed. They are Pat Drake, Tim Straughan and Malcolm Rogers.
Pat Drake has spent all her working life in NHS community and hospital nursing and retired five years ago from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. She was previously a non-executive director of KCHS and still is a non-executive director of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
Tim Straughan is a qualified dentist who worked in general practice as well as the community before training with KPMG as a chartered accountant. He has held a number of local and national financial and management posts in the NHS and since 2007 has been chief executive of the NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care.
Malcolm Rogers has a background in the banking sector where he specialised in risk management. He is now a Financial Ombudsman, a charity trustee and a non-executive director of a major housing association, as well as having a number of voluntary sector roles.
Robert Flack, chief executive of Locala, said: “Locala has an exceptionally strong Board, one that provides robust governance as well as strong credibility and leadership.
“Mark has vast experience working at a senior level within the public sector and is very clear about the contribution he wants to make to the organisation.”
Mr Sanders said: “I have been appointed by the Members’ Council to lead the Board to provide proper governance in clinical, commercial, financial, legal and ethical terms.
“I look forward to working in collaboration with local people, staff and key partners to develop Locala as a successful organisation providing high quality services tailored to the needs of the local community.”
A community interest company is a type of social enterprise.
The name Locala Community Partnerships/Locala was one of 258 suggestions put forward and voted on by staff from Kirklees Community Healthcare Services earlier this year.
Although Locala is not be part of the NHS it can still use the NHS logo because it provides NHS services.
The 20-place Membership Council is made up of 10 staff members, six members of the public members and four co-opted members.
Locala staff have the opportunity to become shareholders. Staff members will all have a £1 share in Locala which will be a community interest company limited by shares. This means the staff will never be asked for more money, they will not be at financial risk and the company cannot be privatised