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Dr. Ed Garratt, Chief Officer of West Suffolk CCG and Ipswich & East Suffolk CCG, has been appointed interim Accountable Officer for North East Essex CCG. Ed’s appointment follows the resignation of Sam Hepplewhite, who starts a new role in the New Year. Ed will be taking up his post as of January 1, 2019.

North East Essex CCG is grouped in a Sustainability & Transformation Partnership (STP) with both West Suffolk CCG and Ipswich and East CCG, who already share Ed as their Accountable Officer.  As an STP, the three CCGs are part of the shadow Integrated Care System programme. Therefore, a logical development was to appoint a joint AO across all three CCGs, following Sam’s decision to leave.

Commenting on the appointment, North East Essex CCG Chairman Dr Hasan Chowhan, said, “I’m really pleased Ed is joining us. Sharing an interim AO with the other STP CCGs offers us a continuity of approach, stability for our staff, and understanding of the work we are currently delivering.  

“Ed has detailed knowledge of the NHS, our locality and our partners and providers.”

Commenting on his appointment, Dr Garratt said:

“I am very much looking forward to taking on this role in the new year.

“NHS North East Essex CCG is an excellent organisation and I will be honoured to be part of their high performing health care system. My priority will be developing further the local ‘alliance’ working in North East Essex. I would like to pay tribute to Sam Hepplewhite and the strong legacy she has created.”

Ed Garratt has accepted the role of interim AO of NEECCG whilst a national recruitment process is completed for a new permanent AO across all three CCGs.

As the Suffolk and North East Essex STP programme develops, the three CCGs are engaging and working together more.  Sharing one accountable officer further supports this integration and closer working across the STP region. This follows the best practice example that has been established successfully by other CCGs.







North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (NEE CCG):


The NEE CCG was formally established on 1 April 2013. The CCG is a clinically led organisation which comprises 40 GP practices across Colchester and Tending.


It is responsible for commissioning most health services for the people of North East Essex, including hospital care, community health services, mental health services, learning disability services and urgent and emergency care, excluding primary care.


Media enquiries: For more information please contact the CCG Communications team on (01206) 918653 or email NEECCG.comms@nhs.net.