Sir Andrew, who has led the SYB ICS on a part time basis since 2017 following his retirement as Chief Executive from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is stepping down from full time executive roles and did not express an interest in the recent round of chief executive recruitments. He will leave the ICS at the end of December 2021

He said: As the South Yorkshire Integrated Care System (ICS) enters its next chapter, it is a natural break in its evolution and after four years as the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw System Lead, I believe it is the right time for me to pass on the baton.

“My decision comes as we prepare to shape a new statutory body. The foundations we have collectively laid as one of the more advanced ICSs in the country stand us in good stead moving forward. I have thoroughly enjoyed my role with the ICS, working with partners to navigate and support it through its fledgling years and whilst I hope to continue to be involved in projects in South Yorkshire and the wider NHS, I feel it is the right time to pass on responsibility to a new leader in terms of taking the SY ICS forward as a statutory body.

“It has been a huge privilege to work with such fantastic colleagues across our health and care partnerships to improve the health and care of our population by shaping the future of integrated care. We set ourselves some ambitious targets in terms of being one of the best delivery and transformational systems in the country. I am really proud of some of the ground-breaking work that we have achieved.   

“This has included some early innovative work in designing the neighbourhood, place, system model way of working now widely adopted throughout the country. It has also included establishing a regional stroke service to save lives and reduce disabilities, launching an innovative stop smoking programme which has the potential to save 2000 lives a year and supporting the Sheffield City Region led Working Win project which to date has supported more than 4,000 people with mental or physical health conditions into work and in-work employment support. SYB also has some of the best waiting times in the country.”  

Sir Andrew will continue to support the new designate Chair and ensure a smooth handover to a new designate CEO once in post.