TWO doctors from the Staffordshire Moorlands have joined the board of the body responsible for commissioning NHS services across the region.
Dr Julie Oxtoby, who has been a GP at the Park Medical Practice in Leek since 1992, is one of three new Executive Clinical Directors appointed to the Clinical Commissioning Group for North Staffordshire (CCG). She will be Clinical Director for Commissioning.
Dr Alison Bradley, who has been a GP since 1988 and a partner at the Werrington Village Surgery since 2001, is one of three new Non-Executive Directors. Dr Mark Shapley, CCG Clinical Chairman, said: "On behalf of the CCG I would like to congratulate them all on their appointment, which takes effect from April 1. 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 after Leek GP Dr David Hughes said that he was standing down as the CCG's Clinical Accountable Officer.
He will officially leave his CCG post in June, and the recruitment process will shortly begin to find a successor. Dr Hughes will continue as a GP at his Moorland Medical Practice.