The GP in charge of the organisation that commissions health care services for patients in North Staffordshire has announced today that he is to stand down.
Leek GP Dr Dave Hughes told staff today that he will leave his role as the Clinical Accountable Officer at North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in June. He will continue as a GP at his Moorland Medical Practice.
Dr Hughes has been at the helm of the CCG since it started operating in shadow format in 2011 leading it through the authorisation process last April. The 60-year-old, father of three has always stated his intention to stand down this year and has taken the decision now to spend more time with his family and more time on his own interests.
Dr Hughes said: “I am passionate about patient care and feel very much that the CCG has made great strides since our inception last April. It was always my intention to stand down after two years. I have now been here for three years and feel it is the right time for me to go. The CCG has come a long way since it came into being and by listening to our patients we have been able to make real improvements to the services they receive, putting in care where they need it most, in places that are more accessible to them.
He added: “The CCG has a very strong and committed staff and GPs and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working with them. I know I will be leaving the organisation in a very strong position going forward.”
CCG Chair Dr Mark Shapley added: “Our CCG has under gone a rapid period of development and the process has been led by our Clinical Accountable Officer Dave Hughes. He has achieved remarkable change and improved the care which the population of North Staffordshire receives. When appointed he set a time on which he would retire from commissioning and he has worked well beyond this point.
Dave has been dedicated to ensuring that local people receive the best possible care and has worked above and beyond that expected. He has done all this in a friendly engaging manner ensuring that health care commissioning is founded in the needs and views of the local public, GPs and their primary care teams. Whilst our CCG will find it difficult to replace Dave the improvements in patient care that he helped to initiate will continue,” Dr Shapley explained.
The recruitment process will shortly begin to find a successor and the role will be advertised in the very near future.