A GP’s top new appointment to a national organisation was today applauded by the local NHS.
Dr Barbara Rushton, the clinical lead for South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (SEHCCG), has been announced as the new co-chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC).
She will take on this new role from October 1, also continuing her current duties as a GP in her CCG leadership role.
Dr Rushton, who was elected to the board as the representative for South East England 14 months ago, will join Dr Graham Jackson from Buckinghamshire, as co-chair.
Maggie MacIsaac, Chief Executive of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight CCGs Partnership, warmly welcomed the news – and applauded the appointment.
The Partnership comprises Fareham and Gosport, North Hampshire, North Eastern Hampshire and Farnham, South Eastern Hampshire and the Isle of Wight clinical commissioning groups.
Maggie said: “Barbara’s appointment is a huge feather in the cap for the Partnership. We are delighted for Barbara, both personally and professionally, and very proud of her achievement. She will provide a strong input into the NHS Clinical Commissioners, ensuring a strong clinical voice.”
Dr Rushton said: “I feel honoured to be elected as co-chair and am very excited to be given this opportunity to represent CCGs across the country to ensure their local communities receive the best healthcare and health outcomes possible.
“I passionately believe that clinicians need to play a key role in shaping the future NHS, and NHS Clinical Commissioners brings them together to have a strong voice.”
NHSCC is the independent membership organisation representing 90% of the CCGs in England. It aims to help CCGs get the best healthcare and health outcomes for their patients, giving them a strong collective influencing voice with the wider NHS, national bodies, government and the media.