There are currently 24 area teams outside of London, which will be replaced by the 12 sub regions with staff assigned to different areas as required.
The new directors of commissioning operations have been appointed in nine of the twelve areas. An email sent to staff today stated: ‘These new roles will be key in the single integrated regional tier. Whilst the individuals will have responsibility for their sub regional patch, they will be working flexibly as part of the regional team.’
The three regions NHS England has failed to appoint in are the sub regions covering Cumbria, Wessex and the Tees areas.