How are we organised?

You can find out more about the team here.

  • The PCB is the vehicle which allows the Trusts to make joint decisions to benefit patients and communities across Lancashire and South Cumbria.
  • Chaired by Professor Mike Thomas, who is also chair of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, the PCB consists of all five Trusts’ chief executives and chairs. 
  • Each chief executive will take a different system leadership role. For example:
    • Aaron Cummins, Chief Executive of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), was appointed as the Lead Chief Executive of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Provider Collaborative (PCB) in September 2023. Aaron's role is to support the system to embed provider collaboration.
  • At the moment the PCB can make certain decisions within a framework agreed by the five trusts. We are considering what further authority can be given to the PCB in the future.
  • Funding for the trusts and PCB is allocated through the NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board. The Integrated Care Board also holds the PCB to account for delivering its priorities.

  • This group, which meets monthly, has developed a joint strategy for the trusts’ clinical services.
  • It also has oversight of the connections between elective care recovery, the New Hospitals Programme (opens in new window), and various other clinical transformation programmes being undertaken across the system.
  • Chaired by Martin Hodgson, the chief executive of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, membership includes Trust medical directors, colleagues from existing clinical transformation programmes, and wider system partners such as primary care and clinical networks.
  • While it is considering improvements to clinical services directly managed by the trusts, the PCB recognises the need to look at whole system pathways which will require the contribution of other partners, such as primary care, social care and the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) sector.

  • The Central Services Executive Sub-Committee (CSESC) is a sub-committee of the Provider Collaboration Board Joint Committee.
  • Its role is to lead the collaboration of non-clinical services across the five Trusts and the Integrated Care Board to improve services, ensure Lancashire and South Cumbria is great place to work, and reduce duplication and waste.
  • Membership of the group includes an executive lead from each Trust and the Integrated Care Board and the senior responsible officer for each function. The group is chaired by Aaron Cummins, the Provider Collaboration Board’s lead chief executive.



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