Gongs given at first commissioners’ awards

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THE GP-led group responsible for planning most of Portsmouth’s healthcare services held an awards night to recognise the contribution made by staff to its first year’s success.

The Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) staged the event to mark its first anniversary.

Dr Jim Hogan, the CCG’s chief clinical officer, who presented the awards, said: ‘I’m really proud of many of the achievements of team Portsmouth in its first 

‘There is much to do – but I believe we have made a real difference to improving services for patients across the city.

‘Clearly a lot of that is down to the efforts of you, our staff – and I thank you for that.’

There were four categories, which attracted 33 nominations. The winners 

n Making a difference – Dr Jon Price, the clinical commissioning lead for end-of-life care, who has been a driving force in ‘working tirelessly’ with GP member practices to put the issue on their agendas and ‘shown clinically-led commissioning’ at its best.

n Above and beyond – Vicky Sexton (business development), a ‘problem solver with a can-do attitude’ who played a key role in a recent IT transition.

n Patient champion – Terri Russell (the head of primary care engagement).

n Team of the Year – finance, a ‘hard-working, talented and resilient bunch’ who have faced unprecedented challenges this year.