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Telford and Wrekin’s NHS commissioners meet in public for their latest board meeting tomorrow

12th April 2016

It will be the first meeting of the NHS Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group chaired by Dr Jo Leahy.

Dr Leahy has worked in the Telford area for the last 19 years, and currently works as a locum as well as having most recently been the CCG’s Board GP Member for Primary Care.  She is also committed to supporting her colleagues in Primary Care to deliver the best possible service.

Dr Leahy has taken over from Dr Michael Innes who has returned to full-time GP practice at Stirchley Medical Practice.

Tomorrow’s meeting takes place in public at the Park Lane Centre, Woodside, Telford, TF7 5QZ. It begins at 1.30pm.

Five more pop-up events organised to give people a chance to get in touch with Future Fit

February 2016

An extra five events have been organised to give people from Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales an opportunity to have their say about the way NHS Healthcare will be delivered for the next 20 years.

The new NHS Future Fit “pop up” sessions will be held before the end of March, adding to those already announced since the beginning of the year. The new events are in Telford, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Market Drayton.

Appointment of NHS Future Fit Transformation Director

January 2016

Debbie Vogler is the new Programme Director for the NHS Future Fit Programme. Debbie’s appointment follows the departure of Mike Sharon, who recently started a new Director role at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. Debbie's previous role was as Director of Business and Enterprise
at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. Whilst she will take on some responsibilities with immediate effect, the full transition to her new role will be completed during January whilst she hands over her current responsibilities at the Trust.Her appointment to the Programme Director role will be on a secondment basis for 2 years and her base will be at William Farr House. She will report into the joint Senior Responsible Owners (SROs) for the NHS Future Fit Programme.

The Programme’s case for change highlights the opportunity to improve the quality of care we provide to our changing population. Changes to the management, scope or structure of the programme need to support this aim, strengthening our ability to implement the clinical model, designed and supported by hundreds of local clinicians and patients. Debbie has been very involved in the NHS Future Fit Programme as the Acute Trust’s executive lead since the programme’s inception over 2 years ago. The skills and experience she brings, together with the opportunity to maintain continuity and organisational memory, were key considerations in making this appointment. This will ensure that we can continue at pace with the critical path, taking us to public consultation by the end of 2016.

Over the coming months we are going to take some hugely significant steps as a health system as we agree the future shape of our acute and community health services. These are critical decisions that aim to safeguard the experience, outcomes and safety of health care for our communities across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales for generations to come.


Health leaders reconfirm commitment to future of services for local communities

November 2015

Health leaders have reconfirmed their commitment to reshape services for communities in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Mid Wales.

NHS Future Fit's Programme Board met in Shrewsbury for the first time since a decision on a preferred model of services was deferred on 1st October 2015.

The meeting brought together NHS leaders together with social care providers, patient representatives and other partners. They set out a timeline for future decisions including a preferred option for clinical model of services in mid-2016.

Brigid Stacey, Acting Accountable Officer for Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group and David Evans, Chief Officer of Telford and Wreking Clinical Commissioning Group said: "These decisions will define the shape of healthcare for generations to come and they are not easy ones to make.

"This is why we firmly believe that patients, communities, partners and health services need enough time to consider them carefully so that the best decisions are made. We will ensure widespread engagement and consultation with our communities, listening to people about their hopes and anxieties and using your feedback to shape the future of the county’s health services."

There will be widespread engagement on the preferred clinical model of services from June 2016. This will be followed by detailed consultation from December 2016, which will lead to a decision on the preferred location of services by Spring 2017.