Lou Patten

Lou Patten

ICS Network Director, NHS Confederation

Lou is Director of the NHS Confederation ICS Network, a role that has involved directly influencing the Health & Care Act, influencing NHSEI guidance on the principles of clinical leadership and being a regular media spokesperson.
She was also Chief Executive of NHS Clinical Commissioners until it wound down, having previously been Chief Executive of NHS Buckinghamshire and NHS Oxfordshire CCGs, and successfully bidding for Buckinghamshire to become one of the first eight Integrated Care Systems. Her leadership supported the leadership transformation required that resulted in the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West STP becoming a third wave ICS.
Lou comes with a wealth of experience and a national reputation for clinical leadership and innovation. She has worked at board level within NHS provider and commissioner organisations, including a GP- led urgent care & out of hours organisation and a commercial healthcare company. Her BSC was based in epidemiology and her Brunel MBA focused on how patient choice affects the hospital supply chain, published in 2009.

Lou has maintained her nursing registration throughout her career and currently works as a sessional community nurse alongside her other work. In her spare time Lou is a keen open water swimmer and has swum the English channel.