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Croydon NHS announces new finance leader

Croydon NHS announces new finance leader

Today Croydon Health Services NHS Trust and NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are announcing a new Joint Chief Financial Officer, helping to ensure best value as the two organisations continue closer working to improve the health and care of one London's largest boroughs. 

Mike Sexton is the new Joint Chief Financial Officer, having previously worked as Chief Finance Officer at Croydon CCG. More than £560m was spent on Croydon’s health services last year (2018/19), and the CCG’s financial performance is now rated as “good” by NHS England.

Mike formerly worked as the Deputy Director of Finance at Sutton & Merton Primary Care Trust. In his new role, he will oversee the joint controlled financial total, implemented between the CCG and CHS for 2019/20. 

Mike Bell, chairman of Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, said: 

“Our joint working between the Trust and CCG puts Croydon at the forefront of how the NHS is changing to meet health needs of the communities we care for. For the first time, the Trust and CCG have agreed shared financial targets to fund service improvements in the borough. Mike’s role is critical in helping us take this forward and his appointment marks another important milestone for us all in joining-up our services to improve the health and care of people in Croydon.”

The Trust and the CCG’s joint working is aimed at enabling more residents to live and stay well, supporting them to remain independent and to choose how they manage their care, with high quality services available when they need treatment.

Mike joins the shared leadership team, working with Matthew Kershaw, Trust Chief Executive and Place Based Leader for Health across the Trust and the CCG. Together they will support front line teams to tackle Croydon’s specific health needs. These include higher rates of diabetes and heart disease compared to the average Londoner and reduced life expectancy by up to a decade in some neighbourhoods.

Mike said: 

“I am hugely motivated by the ambitions for health and wellbeing in Croydon, first at the CCG and now across both organisations. And it is great to be part of a team, working together with staff across multiple organisations to do more for our local communities.”

Azara Mukhtar, who has served as the Trust’s Director of Finance for more than six years, will stay on for an agreed period to support the closer integration of the health and care system in Croydon.

Matthew Kershaw, Trust Chief Executive and Place Based Leader for Health, said: 

“We are in a unique position here in Croydon to lead the way in bridging health and care services to provide more holistic care for local people. Increasingly this means looking after someone's health as well as their treatment of injury or illness. 

“By establishing a shared leadership team, we can speed-up decision making and free-up much needed resources to help clinicians on the frontline care for our growing community.

"I am really pleased that Mike will be part of this team helping us to move forward. It is thanks to his work, alongside Azara, that our finances are now in stronger health. Azara especially needs credit for helping to turnaround the Trust. For the first time in five years, Croydon Health Services has achieved a surplus. She has been instrumental in making this happen and her insight and continued hard work will be integral as we move forward to join up our care and support for the borough.”

Dr Agnelo Fernandes, a local GP and Chair of NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“We are immensely proud of the progress we are making toward alignment. While these are new ways of working together, we are committed to our shared ambition to do more for the benefit of neighbourhoods across Croydon.”  

The new Joint Director of Strategy and Transformation is also due to be confirmed shortly, in another role across the two organisations. Other recent appointments roles include Chief Operating Officer, Lee McPhail responsible for the daily running of Croydon University Hospital and the Trust’s community services. Last year a joint Chief Pharmacist and Chief Nurse for Croydon were also brought in to work across both organisations.


Notes to editors

  1. Profile of Mike Sexton, Joint Director of Finance Croydon Health Services NHS Trust and NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Mike was Chief Finance Officer of NHS Croydon CCG since it was established in April 2013.  During this time, Mike has overseen the CCG’s financial turnaround, delivering £98 million of savings over five years whilst maintaining a focus on quality and health outcomes for local people.   Culminating in reaching financial balance last financial year and being removed from financial special measures and directions by NHS England. Before joining NHS Croydon CCG, Mike spent 11 years in the role of Deputy Director of Finance at Sutton & Merton Primary Care Trust (turnover £0.6bn), including experience at Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, and also in Acting Director of Commissioning and Acting Director of Finance roles.  Mike holds a Bachelor of Management Studies (Waikato, New Zealand) and started his career in the New Zealand health service.
  2. In 2018/19, Croydon Health Services ended the year in surplus. The Trust posted a £1.5m surplus after technical adjustments having successfully achieved Provider Sustainability Funding (PSF) of £16.6m. One of the requirements of receiving this additional funding, was the Trust successfully achieving a deficit control total of £15.1m
  3. The One Croydon Alliance partners are: Croydon Health Services NHS TrustCroydon Clinical Commissioning GroupCroydon Council, the Croydon GP CollaborativeSouth London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and Age UK Croydon. Focused initially on older people in Croydon, the alliance has been extended to provide more joined-up care and support for people of all ages in the borough.  One example includes the introduction of six new Integrated Care Networks (ICNs) covering every corner of the borough. Weekly reviews are now held in every GP practice in Croydon to confidentially review a person’s care and proactively plan how services can work together to keep them well. They bring together general practitioners with district nurses, social workers, and pharmacists and are helping health and care professionals in the borough proactively tackle issues that can affect someone’s health and wellbeing, including, loneliness, mobility problems and long-term conditions, that could lead to hospital treatment if left unattended. The first pilot, set up in the most deprived part of the borough, saw a reduction in unplanned hospital admissions in Croydon.
  4. Croydon Health Services NHS Trust provides hospital and community services in the borough. The Trust employs more than 3,800 staff and provides integrated NHS services to care for people at home, in schools, and health clinics across the borough. The Trust runs two hospitals in the north and south of the borough: Croydon University Hospital is home to the borough’s new £21million Emergency Department and 24/7 maternity services, including a labour ward, midwifery-led birth centre and the Crocus home birthing team. There are also ophthalmology services run by Moorfields Eye Hospital. Purley War Memorial Hospital in the south of the borough offers outpatient care, including diagnostic services, physiotherapy, alongside an onsite GP surgery. The Trust’s emergency care doctors and nurses have teamed up with local GPs to run a seamless network of urgent care services across the borough, including booked appointments with a GP available seven days a week. The Trust’s experienced district nursing teams, Allied Health Professionals and community matrons look after people of all ages across Croydon and its Children’s Hospital at Home cares for children with long-term conditions without them having to come to hospital.
  5. NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) plans, buys and monitors the majority of local health services for the population of Croydon.  These local health services include: Planned hospital care; Urgent and emergency care (including out of hours services); Community health services (for example physiotherapy and district nursing); Mental health services; Services for people with disabilities; GP services, including prescribing. The CCG is a clinically-led, membership organisation bringing together all 50 GP practices in the borough of Croydon into one commissioning organisation. The CCG’s member practices are represented by the Council of Members and the Governing Body is responsible for overseeing the CCG’s statutory and community responsibilities.
  6. For more information please contact on 07554438621. For media enquiries outside of normal office hours and weekends, please call the Trust’s main switchboard on 020 8401 3000 and ask for the Press Officer On-Call.





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