NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has strengthened its team after appointing lay members who will help to shape the new organisation.
Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are the organisations that will take over from primary care trusts and will be responsible for the planning and purchasing of NHS services for local people from April 2013.
Jacqui Henderson CBE, has been appointed to the post of lay chair (designate), Trevor Waggett has taken up the audit lay governor (designate) and Peter Atkinson has been appointed to the patient and public involvement lay governor (designate) role.
Dr Alistair Blair, chief clinical officer (designate) of NHS Northumberland CCG, who is also a GP at Wellway Medical Group in Morpeth, said he was delighted with the lay member appointments and welcomed them to the team.
He said: “Becoming a lay member is an exciting opportunity as it means local people are able to influence the work of the CCG in the future.
“The lay members we have recruited bring with them a range of expertise and will help provide an independent view of the work of NHS Northumberland CCG.”
“We’re looking forward to working with our new members as we move forward as a CCG. Our focus is on continuing to respond to the needs of the local population while improving the quality of services and the health of the population overall.
Mrs Henderson lives in Ashington and has a background in education and training. Most notably, prior to her retirement, she was regional director of the Learning and Skills Council and chief executive of UK Skills. She was chair of Northumberland Care Trust and is currently vice chair of NHS North of Tyne and is a member of the shadow Northumberland Health and Wellbeing Board.
Mr Waggett lives in Hexham and was the director of finance and IM&T for One NorthEast (regional development agency) and has experience of working for primary care trusts and ambulance services prior to 2004. He has a wealth of experience in audit and financial management as well as an interest in performance management and improvement.
Mr Atkinson lives in Warkworth and is a retired prison governor having run a number of prisons in Yorkshire and the north east. He has been a public governor at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The CCG is currently looking to appoint a resource and performance lay member (designate). The post offers a package of £7,500 per annum for three half day sessions per month.