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Dame Yve Buckland appointed ICS Chair


Dame Yve Buckland, current ROH Chair, has been appointed Chair of the newly designated Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care System.

NHS England and NHS Improvement has confirmed that Birmingham and Solihull Sustainability and Transformation Partnership’s (STPs) application to become an Integrated Care System (ICS) has been approved. The ICS will now move forward at pace, to enable it to deliver its full ambition by April 2022.

In an integrated care system, NHS organisations, in partnership with local councils and other partners, take collective responsibility for managing resources, delivering NHS care, and improving the health of the population they serve.

The appointment of Dame Yve Buckland as ICS Chair

Dame Yve Buckland has been appointed Chair of the newly designated Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care System (ICS). This is a very important role for the future of health and social care in BSOL. The ICS includes all health and social care partners, commissioners and the Local Authority. Its purpose is to support partnership and drive improvement. While we will be sorry that Yve will no longer be ROH Chair, it’s fantastic to see her taking on such important role and we know she will make a success of it. Yve said:

"It’s a privilege to take on the role of Chair for the Birmingham Solihull Integrated Care System (ICS). As ICS partners we serve a large, diverse and vibrant region with incredible examples of innovative health and social care and many world-class services. However there remain deep pockets of inequality and variation. As we emerge from the pandemic, focussing on integration has never been more important. We have an opportunity to close the gaps and create effective, holistic, person-centred pathways which support the citizens of Birmingham and Solihull to live healthier and happier lives.

"While I am sad to be moving on from the ROH, I am very proud of the brilliant services delivered by the staff here and all that has been achieved over the last few years.  I’ll treasure the time I have spent here as your Chair and hope I will remain an honorary member of the ROH family. But I leave the Trust under great leadership who will continue to ensure that the ROH remains an important and valuable part of the health system in Birmingham and Solihull and in the wider region."

The appointment of Tim Pile as ROH Chair

As Yve steps into a new role, our current Non-Executive and Vice Chair, Tim Pile, has agreed to step into the role of Chair of The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital. Tim brings with him substantial cross-sector experience at the very highest level. He has been an important advocate for the Trust for seven years and has been a driving force behind many of the recent positive developments at the Trust. Tim said:

"I’m immensely proud to be stepping into the role of Chair of The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital after serving as a Non-Executive for seven years. This is a world-class specialist Trust with a fantastic track record of innovation, impressive clinical outcomes and excellent patient experience. I look forward to supporting the work of the Board and Executive Team and working in collaboration with our partners in Birmingham and Solihull. We have a clear strategy, an incredibly important role to play in the health system and we will continue to deliver exceptional orthopaedic care."


Tim will provide continuity in leadership and is committed to keeping ROH focussed on strategy and delivery.

If you would like to learn more about Integrated Care Systems, please visit: https://www.england.nhs.uk/integratedcare/integrated-care-systems/