CCG chairman Dr Derek Greatorex has been congratulated on his four-year term of office by incoming successor Dr Paul Johnson.
Dr Greatorex was chairing his last CCG Governing Body meeting, having decided last summer not to continue in the role. He finishes his CCG work on 30 March, when Dr Johnson will take up the position.
Dr Johnson interviewed for the role of CCG chairman last December, and has been shadowing Dr Greatorex in recent months. His appointment was supported by GPs in South Devon and Torbay, who make up the CCG’s membership.
Dr Greatorex said: “This CCG has faced many challenges in the constantly changing healthcare landscape, but strong relationships within and between the organisations we work with have been key to delivering effective healthcare for our communities.
“We have always believed in a joined-up model of working and the benefits it brings to patients, and the fact that this model is now central to NHS England’s five-year plan is a positive endorsement of our work.
“Maintaining these beliefs, even in these financially constrained times, has been essential as we’ve continued to improve services for patients.
“I have had the privilege to work with a fantastic team but, having retired as a GP partner, I have felt for some time that it was appropriate to hand on the baton at the end of my term of office rather than serve a second term.
“Paul has a great deal of experience as a GP and as a CCG clinical lead, and he is in a strong position to continue the forward-thinking work we’ve undertaken in the past four years.”
Dr Greatorex, a former GP at Kingsteignton Medical Practice, will continue in his role as an NHS England advisor, a GP appraiser, and he will return to general practice part-time.
Dr Johnson is a Newton Abbot GP at Cricketfield Surgery and has been the CCG’s locality clinical lead for Newton Abbot. He has also worked as a locality clinical director at Torbay Hospital, helping to develop new ways of working across primary care, secondary care and community health services.
Dr Johnson said: “I am very excited to take up this role at a time that offers us real opportunities in the way we provide healthcare. Derek’s are very big shoes to fill and I want to thank him for all the great work he has done over the last four years.
“I look forward to building on that great work as we strive to provide the best healthcare possible to the people of South Devon and Torbay. I wish Derek all the best in his retirement."