Appointment of single Chief Nurse for eight CCGs across the STP

Friday 25th May, 2018

The eight Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Sussex and East Surrey are delighted to announce the appointment of Allison Cannon to the role of Chief Nurse/Director of Quality, uniting the quality and safety functions for commissioning across the whole of the Sussex and East Surrey Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).

Already Chief Nurse for the East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) CCGs*, Allison has been a leading figure in improving infection control, safeguarding and ensuring measurable and benchmarked improvements in quality. She has enjoyed a 30-year career in general nursing, specialising in ITU for children and adults, and leading improvements in quality and governance roles in hospitals before moving into commissioning in 2015.

In a joint statement, Amanda Philpott and Adam Doyle, accountable officers of the eight CCGs, said:

We are delighted to have secured such a strong nurse leader for this vital role.  Allison’s focus on patient experience, quality and safety is exemplary.  We are confident that bringing together the quality teams across Sussex and East Surrey will materially improve the experience and outcomes for the population we serve.”

Allison Cannon said:

I am very proud to have been given the chance to lead on quality and safety for the Sussex and East Surrey STP commissioners. This marks a particular highlight in my NHS career, during which I’ve continually strived to improve standards for the benefit of patients, nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals. I am looking forward to working with teams across Sussex and East Surrey to ensure local people receive the safest and highest quality healthcare services possible.”

*Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG and Hastings and Rother CCG