Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group has appointed a new Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Chief Finance Officer.
Kate Langford has been chosen to take up the role of CMO, alongside Ivory Duffy as the new CFO. Both appointees will serve as executive members on the Kent and Medway Integrated Care Board (ICB), which is to replace the CCG in July 2022.
Kate is the current Medical Director for Systems Improvement and Professional Standards at NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) and has extensive experience as a system-level leader, serving as the Medical Director for the Centre for Workforce Intelligence.
An obstetrician by background, Kate has trained in hospitals in Kent and London before becoming a consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust from 2001 to 2019.
Ivor, who is working as the Director of Finance at the CCG, has served the NHS in the Kent and Medway area since 1999.
Additionally, Ivor has worked across primary care trusts and CCGs across Kent and Medway, as well as NHS England as Director of Assurance and Delivery for Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
Paul Bentley, Chief Executive-designate, commented: “These are important appointments to make sure we have both clinical and financial leadership on the board. Both elements are essential as we aim to maximise how we support the health and wellbeing of 1.9million people across Kent and Medway with an annual budget of £3.5 billion.”
On her new appointment, Kate said: “I am delighted to be joining the Kent and Medway team. I see partnership working as the way forward in delivering better care for people using our services and better health for our population as a whole. I am looking forward to meeting new colleagues and building relationships across the system.”
Ivor added: “It is really exciting to be part of a leadership team that wants to shape and improve health services and outcomes for the benefit of people across Kent and Medway. I am also looking forward to the greater opportunity this new role brings for working across organisational boundaries in health, social care and the third sector.”