Local GPs have welcomed the news that Dr Anne Jeffreys, GP at The Ridings Medical Group, will be taking over as the new Chair and Clinical Lead of NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) once Dr Gina Palumbo steps down from the role at the end of the year.
Earlier this year Dr Palumbo announced her intention to step down from the role and will formally do so on 31 December 2018. Dr Jeffreys will take up the role from 1 October 2018 to enable a transition phase, before taking on full responsibility from 1 January 2019.
The announcement was formally made during a meeting for representatives of the 32 GP practices who make up the membership of the East Riding of Yorkshire CCG.
Dr Jeffreys said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to this role and I’m very much looking forward to carrying on Dr Palumbo’s hard work. As a local GP I am aware of the challenges of commissioning local NHS services across the East Riding, however I am excited by the opportunities this brings and I am committed to achieving the CCG’s vision of better care, more locally, within budget, through transformation.
“The CCG has made a lot of progress, demonstrated with receiving a ‘good’ rating from NHS England earlier this year, along with improved clinical ratings and financial performance. I am confident that this progress can continue and will be done through the hard work and dedication already shown by the CCG and its partners.”
Dr Palumbo has held the role of CCG Chair since it was established in 2013, and held a similar role for the East Riding of Yorkshire Primary Care Trust (PCT), which was responsible for commissioning local services before the CCG.