Sheffield NHS boss quits role

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One of Sheffield’s top NHS bosses is to leave his job in March to start his own business.

Ian Atkinson, accountable officer for the NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, has announced he is leaving the service.

Mr Atkinson has been in the post since July 2012 after holding the interim chief executive post at the previous commissioning organisation, NHS Sheffield PCT.

After a 30 year career in healthcare which started as a clinician in Sheffield, he now plans to concentrate on developing his own business.

He said: “It’s never an easy decision to leave a successful organisation but I felt that with the CCG in the strong position it is, recognised as a high performing and innovative CCG, with clear plans for responding to the Five Year Forward View and a strong financial position, now was as good a time as any.

“I’m very proud of everything we have achieved together as a CCG, which is testament to the strong and capable team we have in place. I have really enjoyed working with our GPs in particular, and I’ve seen real benefits to our approach as a commissioner through the clinical insight which is now a normal part of the way the CCG goes about its work.”

Dr Tim Moorhead, chairman of the CCG, said: “We will obviously miss Ian but wish him well going forward and thank him for his hard work and commitment.”