NHS Leeds CCG chief executive to retire next year

Philomena (Phil) Corrigan, Chief Executive of NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has announced that she will retire next summer.

Phil has led the CCG, one of the biggest in England, since the merger of the three former Leeds CCGs in April 2018. Previously, she was chief executive of NHS Leeds West CCG

Announcing her decision to staff, Phil said “Planning to retire hasn’t been an easy decision because I thoroughly enjoy working with everyone.

“I’ve absolutely loved my time in the NHS, have had some really fantastic roles and have met some brilliant people along the way.

“However, after nearly thirty seven years I think that it’s time to move on to the next stage of my life. I hope I’ve got a few more years left to enjoy and there’s lots of things I’d like to do. I’m planning on going back to being a nurse on a ward and potentially volunteering overseas, as well as enjoying things that I haven’t had a chance to do, such as travelling and cycling.”

Dr Gordon Sinclair, clinical chair of NHS Leeds CCG, said: “I would like to pay tribute to the work Phil has done steering our organisation through a most challenging period for the NHS and for her commitment to ensuring patient services in Leeds are first class and deliver the best outcomes for those who use them.

“Her retirement will certainly be a bittersweet milestone, not just for the CCG but for the wider health and care system in Leeds that she’s been part of and helped shape for so many years.

“Having worked with Phil for nine years, I know how much she will be missed by the teams at the CCG and across the city. She has been a strong leader, mentor, confidant and advisor as well as a supporter and friend to many.”

Phil started her nursing career in 1982 and worked in a range of clinical areas such as intensive care, surgical services and older people’s services in Leeds. She then moved into a research, audit and educational role, co-writing two books on improving the quality of care in the NHS. She was director of nursing in an acute trust and then moved to a primary care trust (PCT) in Bradford as director of community services and nursing.

She joined Leeds PCT in 2006 and in 2009 was appointed as director of commissioning/director of nursing, leading on transformation, performance and improving quality of care for three years. She was chief executive of NHS Leeds West CCG from April 2012 to March 2018, when she became chief executive of NHS Leeds CCG.

Recruitment for a new chief executive is currently underway.