Prof Claire Fuller - chief executive officer, Surrey Heartlands ICS
Professor Claire Fuller, a practicing GP, is chief executive of the Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System (ICS) which came into effect formally on 1st July 2022. Prior to that, Claire was Senior responsible officer for the ICS, a role she held since 2017, alongside that of Interim Accountable officer for NHS Surrey Heartlands CCG (from 2020).
In November 2021 Claire was invited by NHS England chief executive Amanda Pritchard to lead a national piece of work looking at primary care within integrated care systems to identify what was working well and why. The output became known as the Fuller Stocktake and was co-signed by all 42 ICS chief executives who committed to the recommendations. Next steps for integrating primary care: the Fuller stocktake was published in May 2022.
Claire champions true citizen and professional engagement (of the broadest remit) and believes in a population health management approach to improving patient outcomes. She is also a firm advocate of the need to join up the public sector to ensure involvement of the wider determinants of health in reducing health inequalities for the people that live in Surrey.
Claire has been a practicing GP since 1995, spending most of her career in Surrey, with a spell in Northumberland, where she worked in a single-handed rural practice.
Claire regularly speaks nationally about the importance of multi-professional leadership, integrated care and population health, as well as the impact and implementation of the Fuller Stocktake. She has been HSJ Clinical Leader of the Year and is regularly named in the HSJ list of most influential people in the NHS. She is a member of the NHS Assembly and the NHS People Board.
Claire has also been appointed as Visiting professor in the Faculty of Health and Medical Science at Surrey University for the period April 2021 to April 2024.