A Norfolk and Waveney resident has been appointed as a Non-Executive Member- designate of the new NHS Integrated Care Board for Norfolk and Waveney. Acting as an independent member of the new board, the role will help shape the long-term plan for the local NHS.  Two additional Non-Executive Member posts will also be recruited, currently in the recruitment process.

The NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board (ICB), due to be established on 1 July 2022, will be the NHS organisation with responsibility for planning to meet local health needs, allocating resources, ensuring that services are in place to deliver against ambitions, and overseeing delivery of improved outcomes for the people of Norfolk and Waveney. 

Tackling inequalities in health outcomes, the ICB will be part of the Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care health and care system, continuing to work with partners in local authority, the voluntary sector and others, helping the NHS to support broader social and economic development.

The first successful appointment is

Hein van den Wildenberg

Hein is known well to the Norfolk and Waveney health and care system already and is currently a lay member of the NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Governing Body and, before that, as a lay member of the NHS South Norfolk CCG. Hein currently chairs the CCG finance committee and will undertake the same role for the NHS Integrated Care Board. The interview panel were unanimous in recommending Hein for this role.

RT Hon Patricia Hewitt, Chair Designate of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board, said: "This is the first of three very important roles for the local NHS at a time of significant transition and change, not just through the establishment of ICBs, but as the NHS seeks to maintain services, recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and play a part in the wider social and economic development of Norfolk and Waveney. I am very pleased that Hein has accepted this role and look forward to continue working with him in the future.

"Non-Executive Members will have significant committee responsibilities and will collectively hold the Executive Team to account for its overall approach to planning and delivery. As a Board that is committed to fully engaging with local citizens, all members will promote open and transparent decision-making and ensure the NHS is fully accountable to local people.

“It is a key ambition of ours that we work, in partnership with organisations, stakeholders, patients and members of the public to ensure that everyone in Norfolk and Waveney can live longer, healthier and happier lives.”

Hein van den Wildenberg, Non-Executive Member-designate, said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to this Non-Executive role for the NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board. This is an important and exciting change for health and care services as we seek to recover from the pandemic. We can build on lots of positive work to integrate and deliver services in partnership with others, to help improve well-being and health outcomes for everyone in Norfolk and Waveney.

“I look forward to working with patients, members of the public, all health and care staff, and our partners.”

The next step for the ICB will be to recruit Directors ahead of the Board, which will formally be established on 1 July 2022, subject to Royal Assent of the Health and Social Care Bill, which is currently being reviewed by Parliament. These mandatory Director roles, Director of Nursing, Director of Finance and Medical Director are currently advertised.