NHS England has released further details of the senior figures tasked with leading work on sustainability and transformation plans (STP) within their ‘footprint’ area.
Now just three areas are yet to confirm a leader, NHS England said on Wednesday (30 March).
The latest announcement comes two weeks after the Forward View partners revealed the 44 STP 'footprint' areas and the first eight leaders chosen to lead local transformation planning.
The 'footprints' follow work between local health and care leaders earlier this year to agree the most locally appropriate boundaries for local transformation plans.
Populations range from 300,000 (in West, North and East Cumbria) to nearly 3 million people (in Greater Manchester), the footprint maps show. They include five local areas within London, and many in line with county boundaries. Full details can be found on NHS England's website.
"The leaders come from a good mix of backgrounds, and include provider chief executives, CCG accountable officers, local authority senior leaders and clinicians, recognising the need for local systems to work in partnership," NHS England said.
"There is also good representation from both genders – around a third are women."
You can view the list of leaders, by footprint, on NHS England's website.
'Supporting local transformation'
Welcoming the announcement, the head of the NHS Confederation, Rob Webster, said: "The key now will be to provide a robust package of support for all 44 leaders to be able to work in partnership across their local systems."
"Our members tell us that in order to transform services, we need this national support and a joined-up approach from the national bodies. This must improve as 86 per cent of our members feel the national bodies work in a contradictory way, and the majority feel that their policies do not support local transformation.
"We also know that our members need the space and support to strengthen local relationships and encourage partnership working across localities. Sixty-one per cent of respondents from our recent member survey said that the lack of maturity in local relationships was a barrier to joint sustainability planning."
'Avoiding excessive control'
Mr Webster added that the national bodies have an important role to play in supporting and enabling local leaders to foster "critical local relationships that will determine the fate of these plans."
"What must be avoided is excessive control from the centre, which would stifle local ambition to transform local health and care services."
The national bodies are due to publish guidance and templates to support areas in submitting information about their governance and priorities by 15 April, in advance of final submissions by the end of June.
Keep up to date with all the key dates and milestones in the 2016/17 planning process with our interactive timeline.