OXFORDSHIRE Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced the permanent appointment of chief executive officer Louise Patten with immediate effect.

Ms Patten has held the role on an interim basis since January.

In a letter to stakeholders, Dr Kiren Collison, clinical chair of the CCG, said:“Lou will continue to provide leadership in progressing plans to develop the commissioning and delivery of more integrated services in the county."

The appointment comes as the NHS prepares to launch its 10 Year Plan which will set out expectations for the future of health services in the UK.

The CCG confirmed Ms Patten will also continue in her role as Accountable Officer at Buckinghamshire CCG.