Dr Adam Sheppard has been appointed as the new Chair of Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). A local GP, Dr Sheppard qualified as a doctor in 1987 and practises at Lupset Health Centre as senior partner.
Wakefield GPs on the CCG governing body were invited to express an interest in the role. An interview and assessment process took place before Adam was appointed. The role cover the area’s 37 GP practices.
Adam, who was Assistant Clinical Leader for the CCG before being appointed to the role, brings significant organisational leadership experience to the post which he will start on 1 July following the departure of his predecessor, Dr Phil Earnshaw after six years.
Jo Webster, Chief Officer for the CCG said:
"The CCG is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of local people, with GPs and healthcare colleagues at the forefront of commissioning services. The Chair and members of the governing body are key appointments for the group.
"These are high-profile positions and require outstanding individuals, who are recognised and respected by their peers. Dr Sheppard has a real passion for patients, the population and supporting the clinical voice in Wakefield. I’m delighted that Dr Sheppard has been chosen to shape and further develop the CCG. I look forward to working with him in his new role.
"I’d also like to recognise the valuable contribution Dr Phil Earnshaw has made as previous Chair and Clinical Leader of the CCG for all his hard work, dedication and commitment. It’s been a pleasure to work side by side with Phil under his leadership and direction – I feel reassured to know that Dr Sheppard will be building on his good work."
Dr Adam Sheppard said:
"I’m delighted to have been appointed as the new Chair of Wakefield CCG and incredibly grateful to all colleagues, including Dr Earnshaw, the previous Chair for their support in getting to this point.
"I find myself in a privileged position as I build on the solid foundations already in place and the ground-breaking work the CCG is renowned for, including the work of Connecting Care across the area.
"I am looking forward to further developing and delivering our aspirations for everyone living in Wakefield District – to ensure we give everyone the best start in life and the opportunity to age well. I’m particularly looking forward to working more closely with our staff, NHS partners, the council, local health providers and community organisations to further transform joined up services for people. With the help of all partners and staff, I will continue to do everything I possibly can to provide the care patients’ deserve and expect and to work innovatively, effectively and efficiently."
Dr Phil Earnshaw said:
"I have been fortunate to be involved in the work of the CCG since its creation in 2013. It has been a privilege to be part of an organisation that has made a positive difference to the lives of people living across Wakefield District. I’m leaving my role as Chair of the CCG in very capable hands and would like to wish Adam all the very best in his new post. I look forward to continuing my working relationship with him, supporting him as one of Wakefield District’s local GPs."
Dr Sheppard lives locally and has a special interest in urgent and emergency care. He currently holds the role as Clinical Lead for NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on urgent care. Dr Sheppard is also the Chair for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health Care Partnership Urgent and Emergency Care Programme Board (UECPB).
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