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Eastern Cheshire NHS leader to step aside

Eastern Cheshire NHS leader to step aside
26 March 2019

Dr Paul Bowen is to step down as our clinical chair. A GP with McIlvride Medical Practice, Poynton, he has been our chair  since we were established in 2013.

But he is now to step aside to focus on his role as medical director of the Middlewood Partnership, a new organisation bringing together The Schoolhouse Surgery, Disley with Bollington Medical Centre, and McIlvride Medical Practice and Priorslegh Medical Centre, Poynton.

He said that Middlewood would be operational from next month (April), creating the largest GP practice in Cheshire and enabling patients to have appointments with a wider range of healthcare professionals including pharmacists and physiotherapists.

Dr Bowen

Dr Bowen said: “I’m proud to have led the CCG since its inception, and of the progress we’ve made.

“However, my prime consideration has always been my patients, and I feel my focus and influence currently needs to be on the successful ongoing development of general practice.

“I’d like to thank our excellent CCG team and governing body for their incredible dedication to the NHS and our communities, and the patients, carers and volunteers I have met along the way in this inspiring role.”

Notable CCG achievements during his time at the helm include:

Clare Watson, chief officer of the four Cheshire CCGs, added: “Paul’s main concern has always been to put the patient at the centre of the health and care system. He was instrumental in developing a Caring Together contract that invested an extra £2m in Eastern Cheshire’s 23 GP practices to provide a range of value-added services to support people with long-term conditions and to help patients stay well.

“He has played a crucial role in the development of care communities that are bringing together a wide range of health and social care professionals to build care around people, and he has championed innovation throughout his time at the CCG.”

Dr Bowen will be succeeded from 1 April by Dr Andrew Wilson, who will combine the role with his existing duties as clinical chair of NHS South Cheshire CCG. His priorities will include helping guide the proposed merger of the two CCGs with NHS Vale Royal CCG and NHS West Cheshire CCG to make the planning and buying of healthcare as effective and efficient as possible.

Dr Wilson

A partner in Ashfields Primary Care Centre, Sandbach, Dr Wilson joins us at a time of significant transformation with the proposed merger of the Cheshire CCGs progressing alongside the development of plans for two integrated care partnerships providing joined-up health and social care services in the local authority geographies of Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester.

Dr Wilson said: “I’m delighted and honoured to have been invited to work with NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, having witnessed its innovative and inclusive culture while collaborating closely with Dr Bowen for more than 10 years.”