The forthcoming retirement of Mike Maguire
from the NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group has raised questions about its future management style. The Group has formally announced a “Shared Accountable Officer” model of management.
Colleagues from across the NHS, third sector and local government in the North West will soon bid a sad farewell to a highly respected NHS boss, Mike Maguire. Mike, who is currently chief officer for NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), will leave the organisation in early April 2020.
Mike boasts an impressive 38 years working within the NHS since his very first job in the 1980s, when he joined Southport General Infirmary as a clerical clerk in medical records. Mike went on to hold some significant roles across the North West and is known for some milestone moments such as introducing the Macmillan Cancer Unit to Blackpool, helping Bolton become one of the first four areas to reduce waiting times below 18 weeks, a full year ahead of the national target date and turning Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust into the most improved in the country.
More recently, Mike has led NHS West Lancashire CCG from its formation in 2013, and has brought about achievements such as establishing the Well Skelmersdale
programme which celebrates and enhances the skills and opportunities of this unique area, launching the Grow Your Own initiative which tackles the workforce issues the NHS is facing and championing the use of emerging technology which lead to the CCG winning two national digital awards.
Over the years, Mike has seen the NHS move through significant changes. He states “I always wanted to make a difference to people’s lives, so the NHS was the perfect fit for me. Over my working years, I have seen the NHS evolve again and again, and I have no doubt it will continue to do so. Patient expectations have risen tremendously which is an important step forward; we now recognise mental health as equal to physical; there is the introduction of choice, and the arrival of clinicians in management. Despite the challenges, the NHS holds huge promise and with a greater emphasis on self-care, prevention and an increased use of technology, we can transform the system to allow extra support for our changing needs and aging population”.
On his departure, Mike says: “There is no place quite like West Lancashire! It’s been a pleasure to serve an area I am so fond of. While in this role, I have been fortunate enough to work with some exceptionally talented individuals and a hard-working team at the CCG. I would like to thank everyone who has played a part in my long NHS career and wish them all the best for the future. I know our Governing Body members will continue to listen to our community and deliver what they can to meet their needs”.
As for any parting wisdom, Mike adds “Stay true to your values and remember you can make a difference. With passion, energy and determination, together you can make things happen”.
With Mike’s imminent departure, the CCG is moving to a different model by welcoming an interim Shared Accountable Officer, Dr Amanda Doyle on 1 January 2020. Amanda
is currently chief clinical officer at NHS Blackpool and Fylde and Wyre CCGs, and the Integrated Care System (ICS) lead for Lancashire and South Cumbria.
Amanda, who has been a GP for 20 years with a strong background in commissioning, comments “Mike and the team in West Lancashire have delivered some impressive initiatives since the CCG was formed, with the community at the forefront of their minds. Considering their size, they have achieved a great deal. My role is very different in that I will be acting as Shared Accountable Officer, while the existing senior leadership and Governing Body continue to strive for the local vision in West Lancashire. We wish Mike all the best in the future and hope I can continue to build on his excellent achievements to date”.
Dr John Caine, local GP and chair of NHS West Lancashire CCG, said “It is an exciting yet challenging time in commissioning. We look forward to fulfilling the needs set out within the NHS Long Term Plan, as well as realising our local vision of the West Lancashire Partnership, which will in time introduce significant benefits for the people of West Lancashire.
“Mike will be sorely missed by our team. He’s ploughed his expertise, dedication and passion into delivering the best for West Lancashire community and it has been a pleasure for me and the many colleagues that have worked with him during his career. On a personal note, I know Mike is planning to travel across Europe and have more time to indulge in his hobbies such as playing guitar and his new-found hobbies; playing the ukulele, photography and learning Portuguese! On behalf of the CCG team, I would like to extend our thanks and best wishes to Mike for the future”.
As of 1 January 2020, Mike will cease to hold his chief officer responsibilities and will instead work on dedicated projects for the CCG during his notice period. Mike will officially leave the CCG on 6 April 2020.
Meanwhile, we can only wonder what the “Shared Accountable Officer” job description and salary will be! Responsibility shared with a finance officer?