A DOCTOR who helped to set up an award-winning, GP-led health care board has left his position.
Dr Tim Wilkinson steered Portsmouth’s clinical commissioning group through its early days.
It was the first CCG to be recognised as best in the country in 2013 by the NHS Alliance.
The CCG is run by GPs who decide what health care services should be provided in the city. Dr Wilkinson has spent 17 years commissioning these services.
Now Dr Wilkinson has finished as chair of the Portsmouth CCG governing board.
He had previously been on the board of the now-defunct Portsmouth City Teaching Primary Care Trust
‘It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be chair of our governing board over the last few years,’ he said.
‘I believe we have established and driven the organisation forward and I am proud that we have made, and continue to make, a difference for the patients and our GP practice membership.
‘Quality has been central to my thinking and finding out what matters to patients and what will make a difference.
‘Involving patients and frontline staff has helped us to focus on using our resources wisely, reducing waste and creating financial stability.
‘In my opinion our CCG is now positioned to be sustainable, has a long-term vision and the enthusiasm and commitment to bring about the necessary changes for health services in Portsmouth.
‘My job is therefore done and it is now up to others to take our CCG forward.’
Dr Wilkinson will continue to work as a GP as partner at Derby Road.
Dr Elizabeth Fellows has now become chair of Portsmouth CCG’s governing board.
The body’s chief clinical officer, Dr Jim Hogan, added: ‘Tim has been a true champion for health commissioning over his 17-year commitment to improving services for the people of Portsmouth, and on behalf of all his colleagues I would like to thank him for all he has done and achieved.
‘A wise head and a focus on ensuring the patient is at the centre of all we do has helped drive continuous service improvement. Tim will be missed, but deserves his retirement from the CCG.’