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New boss unveiled for North Staffs CCG


30 May 2014

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North Staffordshire clinical commissioning group (CCG) has hired a new clinical accountable officer. 
Dr Julie Oxtoby will take over from Dr Dave Hughes on 1 July 2014. She has been clinical director of the CCG since its inception in 2001. 
North Staffordshire CCG has 33 member practices, serving a population of 210,000 people. 

North Staffordshire clinical commissioning group (CCG) has hired a new clinical accountable officer. 
Dr Julie Oxtoby will take over from Dr Dave Hughes on 1 July 2014. She has been clinical director of the CCG since its inception in 2001. 
North Staffordshire CCG has 33 member practices, serving a population of 210,000 people. 
Dr Oxtoby said: “I believe that as NHS leaders we have a responsibility to ensure the provision of safe, evidence-based, effective and efficient care, making the best use of the finite resources available.
“I strongly believe that if we work to simplify health and social care structures, breaking down divisions to get the focus on shaping care around individual people, we can deliver the best outcomes. My vision for the future of healthcare in is centred around individual patients, with quality general practice at its heart.” 
Dr Hughes, said he always intended to provide the initial CCG leadership for a limited length of time and steps down to concentrate on his general practice commitment and also have some time  to follow other interests. 
He has held the position since 2011 when the CCG was in shadow form, guiding it to full authorisation on April 1 last year.
He said: “The CCG has a very strong and committed staff and has developed good relationships with local stakeholders. 
“I would particularly thank our GP membership for both the helpful challenge they have provided to the CCG but also their very constructive engagement with our efforts as a commissioning organisation.”

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