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The start of the new financial year  has seen the creation of a commercially-focused public sector organisation employing a work force of 600.

NHS West and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Commissioning Support Unit (WSYB CSU), has been launched onto the Yorkshire business scene and appointed Mike Savage as its new chief finance officer.

The Government’s radical shake-up of healthcare saw primary care trusts (PCTs) close down on 31 March 2013, and GP clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) take over the commissioning of their local healthcare services.

Each of the 15 CCGs across West and South Yorkshire will be significantly smaller than its predecessor PCT, and needs to buy in commissioning and business support services themselves.  This is the support that the WSYB CSU, an NHS organisation, has been set up to provide.

Mr Savage will operate from its two regional headquarters in Sheffield and Bradford.

Bringing with him 16 years post chartered accountancy qualified experience, Mr Savage, who is originally from Bradford, currently lives in Hebden Bridge and is a former non executive director for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

Joining WSYB CSU from McCann Worldgroup, he was finance director for the Birmingham, Bristol and Luton offices. He also has significant financial experience through his time at JP Morgan Chase in both London and New York as well as PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Commenting on his new role, Mr Savage said:

The NHS is undergoing a lot of change and faces a number of challenges. This opportunity to help shape the future strategy and direction of the NHS CSU in West and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, along with providing strong commissioning support to the CCGs and other NHS providers was very appealing and I am thrilled to be part of the team.

It is fantastic to be part of the new organisation’s senior team from day one, as well as playing a key role in setting up procedures, controls, financial reporting tools and providing significant input into the future strategy of the CSU.

Mike Savage
Mike Savage

Heading up the new organisation is managing director, Alison Hughes.

She said:

his is a hugely exciting time for us and for our clients.  We’re navigating our way through the most radical reforms since the NHS began in 1948. Now clinicians are at the centre of commissioning and working together we can make the best use of our financial resources to improve outcomes for patients.

We’re operating an entirely new type of organisation; one with NHS ethics and values, but one that is commercially focused and client-driven. Mike will be a great asset to us as we launch and help shape the financial landscape going forward.

Alison Hughes
Alison Hughes

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