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New members appointed to Governing Body of new Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group

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New members appointed to Governing Body of new Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group

Posted on Wednesday 26th September 2012

NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has now appointed three lay members and two clinical representatives to its new governing body.

Led by local GPs, Cumbria CCG is taking over responsibility for commissioning health services from NHS Cumbria which is set to be abolished as part of government health reforms.

This means family doctors will be in charge of making decisions about how and where local health services should be delivered.

As part of all Clinical Commissioning Groups’ work establishing themselves and being authorised by the Department of Health as an accountable body, they must establish a governing body consisting of local GPs, lay member representatives, a nurse representative and a consultant representative from outside the local NHS trust it commissions services from.

The three lay members appointed all a have a particular area of responsibility and as part of the Governing Body will hold the Clinical Commissioning Groups’ executive team to account. Each lay member will receive the same remuneration as non-executive members of the Primary Care Trust.

Former Whitehaven Grammar School pupil, Les Hanley has been appointed Cumbria CCG’s Health Improvement Lead Designate after previously being a Finance and Procurement Professional at British Nuclear Fuels plc, Regional Manager of the Prince's Youth Business Trust and a Non-Executive Director of Cumbria Probation Service. Mr Hanley is now a Director of the British Energy Coast Business Cluster, AgeUK, West Cumbria and North Country Leisure.

Peter Scott has been named as Cumbria CCG’s Finance and Governance Lead Designate. Born and educated in Carlisle, Peter Scott retired in 2010 after over 30 years in the NHS. As a Director of Finance he has held posts at a national, regional and local level.

Jon Rush has been appointed Cumbria CCG’s Public Engagement Lead Designate. Chief Superintendent with Greater Manchester Police, Mr Rush lives in Cumbria and has been the Divisional Commander for the force in Bury since 2008. He joined Greater Manchester Police in 2007 after spending 24 years working for Cumbria Constabulary where he became Deputy Commander for North Cumbria. His other roles during his time with the Cumbrian force included working in CID and developing strategies and policies for protecting vulnerable people in local communities.

Anthony Woodyer, a retired surgeon and medical director from Greater Manchester has been appointed Secondary Care Consultant Designate for Cumbria CCG. Mr Woodyer lives with his wife near Keswick, and is secretary of his village hall board of trustees.

A graduate of Edinburgh University, Mr Woodyer worked in Dorest and London, before taking the post of consultant surgeon at Tameside General Hospital in 1990. His career has including taking the role of clinical lead for surgery, managing the Day Case/Endoscopy Unit, associate medical director, and Trust Medical Director. During his time as Medical Director his Trust achieved Foundation Trust status, and Level 2 accreditation in the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts.

Registered Nurse Ruth Gildert has been appointed Nursing Representative Designate for Cumbria CCG.

An experienced nurse with over 30 years in health care provision in both community and hospital settings, Mrs Gildert has recently relocated to Cockermouth with her husband and family after retiring as Divisional General Manager (Family Care) for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust in March this year.

During her nursing career, Mrs Gildert worked for 10 years as a nurse in both adult and paediatric services within large teaching hospitals and held the post of Matron for four years before moving into health service management.

She has experience of providing services to populations with rich ethnic mix within areas of affluence alongside areas of extreme poverty and deprivation, and has been a lead member in the building and commissioning of new hospitals on four seperate occassions.

In order for Cumbria Clinical Commissioning group to become authorised, it must pass a series of tests overseen by the NHS centrally. These are to check that it is fit for purpose to able to assume full responsibility for commissioning the majority of local health services in Cumbria by April 2013. At the same time, NHS Cumbria will play a smaller and smaller role as it prepares to be closed down formally in April 2013.

Additional members of the governing body include Dr Hugh Reeve Clinical Chair Desginate for Cumbria CCG, Dr Geoff Jolliffe Lead Commissioning GP for Furness, Dr Peter Weaving Lead Commissioning GP for Carlisle and Richard Parry Corporate Director of Adult and Local Services for Cumbria Conty Council. The governing body will be formalised once Cumbria CCG has been officially authorised.

Dr Hugh Reeve, Cumbrian GP and Chair Designate of Cumbria CCG said: “I’d like to thank our new members for stepping forward and applying to take on these roles. It’s important that we get a wide and experienced mix of people involved in the work we do so that we as GPs make the right decisions about how and where local health services should be delivered here in Cumbria.

"Work continues to ensure that the Cumbria’s Clinical Commissioning Group is ready to start picking up the mantle from the primary care trust, but most important of all as the NHS goes through this period of sustained change we need to continue to focus on the needs of patients, as they must be at the forefront of everything the health service in Cumbria does.”

Posted on Wednesday 26th September 2012


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