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Local health commissioners appoint new Governing Body members

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has made new appointments to its Governing Body to place an even greater focus on clinical issues and good quality patient outcomes.

‘Place’ is becoming increasingly important in the Vale of York and the move to focus on population and place is allowing the CCG to plan with partners and challenge where things do not work as well as they could for patients.

To support this work, the CCG’s Governing Body has reviewed its membership to help put an even brighter spotlight on clinical issues and good quality patient outcomes with the recruitment of a new Clinical Chair - Dr Nigel Wells; and three GPs that represent the north, central (York) and south localities of the Vale of York.

Dr Wells, a GP partner at Beech Tree Surgery in Selby, said: “I’m thrilled to have joined the CCG to take up the newly created role as Clinical Chair. My role is to help influence and forge relationships around the healthcare community to ensure we get the best healthcare and wellbeing for everyone living in the Vale of York.

“In the coming months, I’ll be working with colleagues to forge those relationships with our partners in hospital trusts, mental health, local authorities and the voluntary sector to make sure that we get the best impact and the best healthcare we can for all people.

“We have a real emphasis on place at present and we want to ensure that all localities and all places within the Vale of York get the best healthcare possible.”

An introductory video in which Dr Wells discusses his new role and his aspirations for healthcare in the Vale of York can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/4Glt_kbtvl0

Dr Andrew Field, a GP partner at York Medical Group, has been appointed as GP representative for the central (York) locality; Dr Helena Ebbs, a GP partner at Pickering Medical Practice, has been recruited as GP representative for the north locality; and Dr Ruth Walker, a GP partner at Selby’s Scott Road Medical Centre, joins as the south locality’s GP representative.

The CCG’s Governing Body is responsible for approving local commissioning plans and the monitoring of quality and the performance of local services. It also oversees the organisation’s good governance processes and promotes the strong involvement of member practices, the local community and other key stakeholders.

The next Governing Body meeting takes place in public at 9.30am on Thursday, 5 July at West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA.

In order to ask a question at the meeting you must submit it in advance. If you wish to ask a question or raise a matter at the 5 July meeting you must submit your enquiry by no later than 5pm on Monday 2 July.

Please send your enquiry by email to valeofyork.contactus@nhs.net. Alternatively, you can send your enquiry by post to NHS Vale of York CCG, West Offices, Station Rise, York, Y01 6GA.

Please note that you will not be able to ask a question at the meeting if you do not submit your question before the deadline.

The agenda and papers for the Governing Body meeting will be published online by 5pm on Thursday 28 June at www.valeofyorkccg.nhs.uk/about-us/governing-body-meetings/

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