Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board has confirmed Maggie MacIsaac will be its Chief Executive designate.
A nurse by background, Maggie is a graduate of the NHS management training scheme, and holds more than 20 years of board experience.
Maggie was Chief Officer for North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group from 2011-2019, and led the CCG to achieve an outstanding rating. From 2013, Maggie took on the leadership of the CCGs across Hampshire, Southampton, the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth, and successfully merged six CCGs into one on 1 April 2021.
Lena Samuels, who was appointed as Chair Designate in August 2021, said: “Integrated Care Systems signal a new era for health and care and require a strong leader who is committed to making sure local people get the very best care. In Hampshire and Isle of Wight, at the heart of our approach are the principles of collaboration, inclusion and equality.
“Maggie exemplifies this and has demonstrated her passion for, and commitment to Hampshire and Isle of Wight over many years. Our geography is complex and diverse with widespread variations in deprivation, poverty and health. Maggie is committed to tackling these inequalities and adept at driving up standards.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with many challenges, yet it has also provided us with enormous opportunity. Working with our partners across the NHS, public services and the voluntary sector we can now design the health and care system we want, together.
“If anyone can make this next phase a success, it is Maggie and I am thrilled that she has been appointed.”
Commenting on her appointment Maggie said: “I am hugely ambitious for Hampshire and Isle of Wight. We have some fantastic services that deliver excellent care for our patients, however I am all too aware that there are some sections of our communities for whom we must and will do better. I see my appointment as the chance to continue to make improvements, and to work alongside our partners to deliver real change.
“Through the strength of our collective partnerships I believe we can deliver the step change that our communities and our staff have told us that they want.”