The Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is pleased to announce that it has appointed a Chief Operating Officer
David Evans will take up his new role in early May 2012. The Chief Operating Officer will have ultimate accountability for the CCG and working with GPs and clinicians will be establishing the new organisation in preparation for 2013.
David Evans is local to Shropshire and brings with him a wealth of NHS experience, including in the delivery of primary care as well as service redesign and improvement. He is also an Honorary Associate Fellow at the Institute of Clinical Education, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick.
This is an important milestone for the Clinical Commissioning Group and this post will enable the organisation to prepare for taking on full responsibility for local commissioning in 2013. Over the next 12 months the Clinical Commissioning Group will be working to gain authorisation from the NHS Commissioning Board. With the Chief Operating Officer in place the CCG is one step nearer to achieving this goal.
Dr Mike Innes, Chair of the Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I know that David, with his excellent background within the NHS, will be a real asset to the CCG and lead us through not only the next 12 months but as we take on full statutory responsibility from April 2013.
“We have already made significant progress within the CCG, taking on delegated responsibility from the PCTs and establishing our Board. With this new post in place we can build on this work and get ever closer to our vision of commissioning excellent health services for Telford and Wrekin.”
David Evans, future Chief Operating Officer for Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I am very much looking forward to joining the team in Telford and Wrekin. As is the case with all CCGs we have an important year ahead in preparing for 2013. I know that through the work already carried out by Mike and our GP board members and also the strong history of local working with clinicians, we have a strong starting position as we enter the authorisation process later this year.
“As well as meeting the requirements of authorisation, I am keen to look to the future of the organisation and establish solid foundations; to ensure we are a success from the start. This is especially important in achieving the vision of the CCG, to put patients at the forefront of local commissioning and ensure we are constantly striving to find new and innovative ways to improve healthcare and patient’s experience locally.”
Notes to editors:
The Health and Social Care Bill requires GPs and clinicians to take on the vast majority of healthcare commissioning that has been managed by Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to date.
Clinical Commissioning Groups are being formed by GP practices across geographical areas. A Clinical Commissioning Group has been set up for Telford and Wrekin. A separate group has been set up to cover the current Shropshire County PCT area. This reflects the current PCT and Local Authority set up.
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