LEADING health group executive Robert Flack is to join the Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust as a director.
The Locala chief executive will oversee community health services at the trust on a part-time basis.
He is to combine the duties, which cover fields like district nursing, with his role at Locala.
The Batley-based company is a not-for-profit firm which runs non-acute services across Kirklees.
It comes at a crucial time for Locala as their contract is up for renewal and they now face a legal battle.
Locala, based at Beckside Court, was given a one-year extension worth £14m to their current deal. It is to ensure there is no gap in provision because a tender scheme may go beyond the end of their contract, which was to expire in October.
Campaigners who claim the extension breaches EU competition laws are seeking a court injunction.
Mr Flack, meanwhile, is to look at improving co-ordination between health and social care in his new Mid-Yorkshire role.
This will involve ‘joined-up’ working between the trust, Locala, mental health agencies and councils.
The aim is to stop unnecessary hospital admissions and offer better support to those recovering from treatment.
A Mid-Yorkshire spokesman said: “He brings a wealth of experience in leading community health services.
“He also has experience of working with other organisations on innovative approaches to provide better care for people.”
Mr Flack added: “All partners agree working together is the only way to bring about the changes needed to meet the care needs of residents.
“The organisations involved are motivated by a strong desire to improve care and will support changes that lead to better care.”
Service will keep focus
BOSSES at health service provider Locala insist Robert Flack’s part-time job move will not affect the delivery of health services.
Locala chief executive Mr Flack is to join the Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust officially from April 1.
He is though already working there as a director with responsibility for coordinating community services.
Mr Flack is to split his working working week equally between Mid-Yorkshire and Locala.
A spokeswoman for Locala said: “We are in the process of allocating his responsibilities as within our executive management team.
“This means the new working arrangement will not affect the services we provide nor the contracts we hold or bid for in future.
“His secondment provides the opportunity to share good practice across the wider health care economy."
She added that Locala's one-year £14m deal is “not technically” an extension as it is considered to be a new contract.
And any legal action over it was for the clinical commissioning groups who awarded the contract to deal with.