The independent chair of the Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) has announced plans to step down from the role.
Dr Anita Donley has been in post for more than three and half years, and has overseen the health and care collaboration from its early days as a Success Regime to the formation of the current Partnership in 2017.

Dr Donley said; “It has been a tremendous privilege to work with colleagues in mid and south Essex over the past three and half years and be a part of the drive to improve the health and care of our 1.2 million population.

“Thanks to considerable commitment from colleagues and stakeholders across the system we have already begun to see benefit in our communities in how we work together and have attracted significant investment to our area particularly in primary care, digital and innovation initiatives.
“The time is right now for me to hand over the baton as the Partnership continues the journey to deliver the ambitions set out in the NHS Long Term Plan and become a fully integrated care system by 2021.”
Dr Donley, who is a practicing consultant physician in acute medicine and former clinical vice-president of the Royal College of Physicians, aims to stand down in September once a successor has been appointed.

Professor Sheila Salmon, chair of Essex Partnership University Foundation NHS Trust and chair of the Partnership’s chairs’ group, will over see the appointment of new independent chair.
Professor Salmon said; “With her vast clinical and national transformation experience Anita’s leadership and insight has been of great benefit to all of us in mid and south Essex.

“Her tenure has seen the Partnership go from strength to strength in working together to tackle the big health and care issues that challenge us all and we wish her all the very best .”
The Partnership brings together the leaders of 17 health and social care organisations including hospitals, mental health service providers, community service providers, clinical commissioning groups and local authorities.

Commenting on the process to seek a successor to Dr Donley, Prof Salmon said: “The role of Independent Chair of the Mid and South Essex STP represents a rare opportunity for an outstanding leader to support the delivery lasting improvements to our region.

“The successful candidate will be responsible for holding the system to account and building and enhancing relationships with a wide range of stakeholders locally, regionally and nationally.”
Details of the role can be found at: https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/mid-south-essex-stp-independent-chair/