Hospital specialist being sought to provide support for Staffordshire GP groups

The NHS organisations responsible for buying health services for a large portion of Staffordshire's population have launched a nationwide hunt for a hospital consultant or other top secondary care doctor to join their board.

Stafford and Surrounds and Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Groups are both looking to recruit a Secondary Care Specialist Member.

The CCGs are led by GPs, and as much of their work involves commissioning services from hospitals. The role of the new member would be to provide specialist knowledge of the challenges currently facing hospital trusts and some of the best practice in hospitals nationally.

Chief Officer at Stafford and Surrounds and Cannock Chase CCGs, Andy Donald, said: "We are looking with someone who has a real passion for improving health services and who wants to make sure the primary and secondary care sectors of the NHS can work better together.

"They need to be either working as a clinician in a hospital, or to have done so recently, and have experience at boardroom level. They should have full registration and good standing with the General Medical Council (CMC).

"The other main stipulation is that they shouldn't have current connections with any of the trusts we use to supply services to our patients to avoid any conflicts of interest."

Stafford and Surrounds CCG represent 14 GP practices and Cannock Chase CCG have 27 GP practices, serving a total population of around 280,000 people.

The new member will have to dedicate around two and a half days per month to the role at a pay rate that will be negotiated with the CCGs.

The posts will be advertised in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) this weekend.

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