Angela Sharda on the latest movers and shakers
Dr Kath Greenwood
Angela Sharda on the latest movers and shakers
Dr Kath Greenwood
Poulton-le-Fylde GP Dr Kath Greenwood has been elected as chair of the NHS Fylde and Wyre clinical commissioning group (CCG) council of members.
The council is made up of GP representatives from each of the 19 practices in Fylde and Wyre and has the power to influence decision-making in the local NHS.
Over Wyre Medical Centre’s Dr Tom Marland was elected as vice-chair.
Dr Greenwood, a GP at Queensway Medical Centre, said: ‘It is an honour to be voted in as chair by my fellow GPs from Fylde and Wyre. The council is a valuable way for doctors to have a say in how health and care services are delivered and I am very much looking forward to getting started in this role.’
The council has responsibility for nominating the clinical chief officer and the CCG’s chair and governing body members. The council is designed to hold the governing body to account for its performance and can influence recommendations and decisions made by it.
CCG chair Mary Dowling said: ‘I would like to congratulate Dr Greenwood on her appointment and I look forward to working with her to continue our work improving health services in Fylde and Wyre.’
Dr Jonty Heaversedge
NHS England (London) announced its new medical director for primary care and digital transformation – Dr Jonty Heaversedge.
Dr Heaversedge has two decades of experience, including training GPs and medical students, working for many years as a GP partner in an inner-city practice in south-east London, and leading a significant programme of primary care transformation in the London borough of Southwark.
He has served on the governing body of NHS Southwark clinical commissioning group (CCG) since 2013 and has been its chair for three years. Dr Heaversedge has been providing clinical leadership for the community-based care programme in south-east London, now a key component of the area’s sustainability and transformation plan (STP). He has a particular interest in mental health and wellbeing and has contributed to a number of TV series to raise public awareness and inform and empower individuals to take more responsibility for their own health.
This is a newly created post, and Dr Heaversedge will provide clinical leadership for primary care transformation and the digital agenda in the NHS in London.
Dr Simon Bowers
Dr Simon Bowers has been elected as the new chair of NHS Liverpool clinical commissioning group (CCG).
Dr Bowers is a GP at Fulwood Green Medical Centre in Aigburth and has served on the governing body as clinical vice chair since 2013.
He said: ‘I take this role on at an extremely challenging time for the NHS nationally. In Liverpool, the system is busier than at any time in the NHS’s history, at a time when austerity is biting harder in our city than almost anywhere in the UK.
‘Getting services right for our community has never been more vital and I feel privileged to be able to work with GP, hospital, community and social care colleagues to strive to improve the care we deliver to the people of Liverpool. I’m very grateful to my predecessor Dr Nadim Fazlani for his hard work as chair and support to our governing body.’
Dr Fazlani stepped down as CCG chair earlier this month, after more than five years in the role.
The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health science network (AHSN) has appointed Richard stubbs as its new CEO.
Mr Stubbs brings national and regional experience as CEO, having worked in a variety of NHS healthcare innovation roles over the last decade. He has served as interim managing director of the AHSN for the past 12 months, having originally joined in 2013 as commercial director.
Mr Stubbs entered the NHS as a graduate management trainee in 2002. He has held a range of senior management positions, including head of commercial and international innovation at NHS England. Before joining NHS England, he established and led NHS Global, a precursor to Healthcare UK, which supported the export of UK healthcare expertise to international markets, including north Africa, the Middle east, China and India. He also created the NHS Innovation Challenge prizes, a national scheme for NHS staff that rewards innovative practice. He has a passion for leadership and was a core member of the NHS national Leadership Council.
Mr Stubbs said: ‘Organisations such as the AHSN are here to support frontline staff and leaders to get the best innovations into use as quickly as possible.’
Sir Hugh Taylor
Independent charity the Health Foundation has appointed Sir Hugh Taylor as its new chair from November this year.
Sir Hugh Taylor, former permanent secretary at the Department of Health and current chair of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, joins the charity to lead its board and support its vision to improve health and healthcare for people in the UK.
Sir Hugh brings many years of experience and insight leading health and social care policy, including senior roles across the Government.
The appointment coincides with the announcement of two new board members to the charity.
These are: Eric Gregory, a highly experienced non-executive director and formerly a senior director at the John Lewis Partnership; and Loraine Hawkins, former chief analyst for NHS England and currently an expert health systems adviser to the World Health Organization.
Sir Hugh will replace Sir Alan Langlands, who became chair of the Health Foundation in 2009.
Sir Hugh said: ‘It is a great honour to join the Health Foundation. It is a charity that I am deeply passionate about and one that has a clear mission to improve the health of the UK population.’
Professor Max Watson
Hospice UK has recruited Professor Max Watson – an eminent palliative care clinician and academic and the driving force behind Project echo northern Ireland – to its clinical team.
Project echo, which was developed at the University of New Mexico, involves the use of videoconferencing technology that helps train primary care clinicians to provide specialist services for people with complex health conditions, including palliative care.
Professor Watson was formerly medical director of the northern Ireland Hospice and is currently visiting professor at the University of Ulster and honorary and senior lecturer at Queens University in Belfast. He is also visiting professor, Virtual Academy at St Margaret’s Hospice in Taunton, Somerset, and honorary consultant at Princess Alice Hospice, Esher, Surrey.
His new role will play a pivotal part in delivering the key goals of Hospice UK’s new five-year strategy. He will help extend the reach of hospice care and also lead the development of skills of professionals in other care settings to support people at the end of life.
Professor Watson said: ‘I’m looking forward to working to improve access to quality end-of-life care across the UK.’