Doctors who will sit on new board

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IT’S all change at the top of NHS Calderdale – with the chief executive stepping down and board members named for the new GP consortium.

Rob Webster will leave the primary care trust on March 31 to take up a new role as chief executive of Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

The trust is being created on April 1 to provide a broad range of community services in Leeds.

His appointment comes at the same time as the announcement of which local GPs have been elected to sit on the GP Consortium Board – who will take over the budget and running of the NHS.

The ten GPs are: Dr Majid Azeb, Southowram Surgery, Dr Alan Brook, Longroyde Surgery, Dr Hazel Carsley, Heath House Surgery. Dr Steven Chambers, Church Lane Surgery, Dr Steven Cleasby, Spring Hall Group Practice, Dr Peter Davies, Keighley Road Surgery, Dr Krishna Kumar, Lister Lane Surgery, Dr P Dinesh Kumar, Todmorden Group Practice, Dr John Taylor, King Cross Practice, Dr Nigel Taylor, Hebden Bridge Group Practice.

A process will now be agreed for the election of their chairman.

NHS Calderdale plans to have shadow arrangements in place for the new GP consortium from April 1–- the same time as the organistion’s provider services - including district nurses and health visitors - transfer to new employers.

They will become the responsibility of either Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust or South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Mr Webster said: “I am proud of what NHS Calderdale has achieved over the last four years. Our focus on quality and safety and improving the health and lives of people in Calderdale is a credit to everyone. 

“I have always said I will go when I am no longer required. That time has come.

“The new leadership will continue to improve the outcomes for the people who live here.”

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