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Appointments ensure stability and continuity in North Staffordshire NHS commissioning

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 08, 2014

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The organisation responsible for commissioning NHS services for North Staffordshire patients has recently undertaken a restructuring of its governing board following a review.

Dr Mark Shapley, Clinical Chair said: “As the CCG has now been operational for a year and through the experience we have already gained we felt that it was time to make changes to ensure we develop and improve how we commission services for our patients.

“ With this in mind member practices agreed on November 13 to changes to the Governing Board structure and the constitution. These changes fell in line with the tenure of the current clinical director posts finishing on the 31 March 2014 and would enable our new structure to come in to effect from 1 April 2014.

“We are therefore pleased to announce that the six key appointments to the governing board have been made and the new appointments comprise of three Executive Clinical Directors and three Non-Executive GP Board Members:

Executive Clinical Directors

Dr Julie Oxtoby – Clinical Director for Commissioning. Dr Oxtoby has been a GP at the Park Medical Practice in Leek since 1992

Sally Parkin – Clinical Director for Quality, Engagement and Partnerships. Sally has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in the NHS for 30 years. She became involved in commissioning in 2007.

Dr Paul Unyolo – Clinical Director for Primary Care. Dr Unyolo has been a GP in Talke Pits since 2001, having previously worked in Stoke-on-Trent.

Non-Executive Directors

Dr Richard Page, who has been a GP in Audley since 1990

Dr Alison Bradley, who has been a GP since 1988, and has been a partner at the Werrington Village Surgery since 2001

Dr Latif Hussain, who has been a Newcastle GP since 1998

Dr Shapley, said: “On behalf of the CCG I would like to congratulate them all on their appointment, which takes effect from 1 April 2014.

“All have previous experience within the CCG and have played important roles in helping us get to the position we are in today, initially when we were in shadow form, and then when we took over full accountability for commissioning services from North Staffs Primary Care Trust last year.

“This announcement will help ensure stability and continuity as we continue the work of addressing local health challenges on behalf of the people of North Staffordshire.”

The announcement comes the week after Dr David Hughes said that he was standing down as the CCG’s Clinical Accountable Officer. He has been at the helm since the CCG started operating in shadow format in 2011, leading it through the authorisation process.

He will officially leave his CCG post in June, and the recruitment process will shortly begin to find a successor and the role will be advertised in the very near future.

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