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Locality – North East – May 2015

New Forum Chair and Deputy Announced

The locality has appointed Ian Mills as the new North East Locality Public and Patient Forum Chair to help improve patient care. Ian will be ably served by a new Vice Chair, Phil Keeley.

Their task will be to ensure patient views are heard and taken into account when decisions are taken on commissioning new health services in the locality. Ian and Phil will also have to work closely with local GPs to develop services that can cope with the expected rise in Bicester’s population over the next decade.

Ian was formerly a fire fighter who was a senior operational manager in the Fire and Rescue Service before retiring. He is strongly committed to community service and has held a range of voluntary positions in scouting, youth work and sports coaching as well as being a school parent governor.  He believes in the health service and welcomes this new community service opportunity to contribute at an important time for health services nationally. 

Phil is a teacher of economics at a sixth form college in Oxford. He is passionate about the NHS and is looking forward to working with the local patient forum to develop patient engagement in health services locally.

Ian said: ‘I’m delighted with my new role representing patient views among local GPs. We are all proud of the quality of health services delivered in the locality such as the new Bicester Community Hospital. I’ll be playing an active role to support the growing needs of the community to ensure patients receive the best services that are also value for money.’

Phil said: ‘This is a challenging role but I’m confident that Ian and I can make a real difference in helping to deliver health services that respond to the needs of local people.’

For more information contact Julie-Anne Howe, Locality Co-ordinator email: julie-anne.howe@oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk

 

Better Care for Skin Conditions

GPs in the North East and Oxford City localities have purchased dermatascopes for all their practices. The devices take well-lit, magnified images of skin growths known as lesions. Images are emailed securely to specialist consultants at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust who will advise GPs on treating the conditions, and on whether the patient needs to be referred to hospital or not. This initiative will save patients unnecessary journeys to hospital depending on the outcome of their conditions.

 

Information About the Locality

There are 10 GP practices in the Locality with a population of just over 78,000. The locality Clinical Director is Dr Stephen Attwood, who is supported by Dr Will O’Gorman.

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