Integrated Care 24 has made two new appointments to its senior team.
In March 2017 Dr Andrew Catto joined the IC24 team as Chief Medical Officer and Jo Mills joined as Associate Director of Human Resources.
Integrated Care 24 Ltd is a 'not for profit' gold social enterprise. It provides a variety of health and care services to around 6.5 million patients across a large geographical area, including NHS 111 services, out of hours GP services and nurse-led healthcare provisions at the HMP Sheppey Cluster.
Dr Catto’s background is as a consultant geriatrician and general physician and he has a wealth of experience in multiple, senior medical leadership roles across primary and secondary care.
Following his academic career with the University of Leeds School of Medicine and as a Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist, Andrew joined the award-winning Airedale NHS Foundation Trust Hospital as a Consultant in stroke and elderly care, before progressing to Executive Medical Director. Airedale is recognised as a national leader in the use of telemedicine in care homes and there is potential for this technology to be deployed in out of hours settings.
In 2014, Andrew was appointed as Executive Medical Director at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT), holding the Interim Chief Executive role before being appointed as Deputy CEO, where he learned the skills of great staff engagement with Andrew Foster, the then CEO.
In March 2015, Andrew became an Associate Director at NHS England, gaining experience of developing new models of care with Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group as the board secondary care doctor and in system leadership and transformation, such as the four West Midlands Service Transformation Plans.
Dr Catto succeeds Dr Mark Reynolds who retired in December 2016 after 26 years at IC24 and its predecessor companies South East Health, On Call Care and Maiddoc.
Jo Mills has taken up the role of Associate Director of Human Resources.
Prior to joining IC24 Jo gained extensive experience within the private sector, serving Saga for 12 years in a number of HR roles at its headquarters in Folkestone in Kent, and most recently worked for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in London as its Head of HR. Jo is also a trustee at the Kent Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre in Canterbury.
Dr Andrew Catto said: ‘This is a great opportunity for us to help develop the primary urgent care services that IC24 offers. We provide a varied range of services, from the NHS 111 telephone service across Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, out of hours care to healthcare provisions at the Sheppey Cluster of prisons in Kent, and each have their challenges.'
'I’m looking forward to working with my new clinical and Board colleagues to ensure we provide the best possible, high quality, services to our patients and helping reduce demand on our partner providers.’
Jo Mills said: ‘An organisation’s most valuable asset is its people, and in the time that I have been here it is clear that we have a dedicated and skilled team. We have just completed our staff survey and will be using the valuable comments we received to look at how we can develop our workforce, keep them motivated and ensure that Integrated Care 24 remains a great place to work.’
Yvonne Taylor, Chief Executive of IC24 said: ‘These are two fantastic appointments for Integrated Care 24, and I’m delighted to welcome both Andrew and Jo to our team. They bring a wealth of experience, which is going to be hugely beneficial both for the patients we serve as well as our staff.’