NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has a new Chair following elections amongst its GP membership.
Dr David Crichton, who has been a GP in Doncaster for over ten years, takes over the role from Dr Nick Tupper. He will assume the position from 1 April 2016 and will serve a three-year term.
David is a partner at the Bentley Surgery and trained as a doctor at the University of Leeds, graduating in 1994. He started working in the NHS in 2001 after serving in the Royal Army Medical Corp for seven years, undertaking a number of overseas detachments and ultimately attaining the rank of Major.
David said: “I am delighted to take over in this role and look forward to the work ahead. It’s a difficult time for the NHS and I relish the opportunity to see how we can, as an organisation, meet these challenges and continue to deliver quality care for local residents.
“In my role as Chair, I am particularly passionate about providing the best service for all patients in the borough. It’s my driving ambition to reduce inequality so that everybody has access to the same high quality care, creating a healthier, happier Doncaster.”
Dr Crichton has held a number of clinical roles within the CCG and is the MacMillan cancer survivorship GP.
Chris Stainforth, Chief Officer at the CCG until 31 March 2016, said: “Speaking on behalf of everyone at NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group I would like to extend a warm welcome to Dr David Crichton and also thank our outgoing Chair, Dr Nick Tupper.
“Nick emphasised the importance of putting patients at the centre of our work as a CCG and under his leadership we have made huge strides in achieving improved services for the people of Doncaster. It has been a pleasure and a privilege working with him.”
The CCG’s Governing Body has undergone a shake-up in the past weeks:
· Jackie Pederson replaces Chris Stainforth as Chief Officer, effective 1 April
· Dr David Crichton replaces Dr Nick Tupper as Clinical Chair, effective 1 April
· Lay member, Albert Schofield, leaves the organisation, effective 1 April
· Lay member, Linda Tully, joins the organisation, effective now.
The first meeting of the new Governing Body, held in public, takes place on 21 April at the Sovereign House, Heavens Walk, Doncaster. Anyone can come along and hear the Governing Body discuss and make decisions about local health services