Introducing Dr Andrew Burnett, South East Locality Clinical Director and Urgent Care Lead at OCCG
In this edition of the newsletter we focus on Dr Andrew Burnett who has been a member of the Governing Body since the launch of OCCG in 2013.
Andrew brings a wealth of experience to the post having worked as a GP partner at the Sonning Common Health Centre in South Oxfordshire for the past 30 years. In addition to his general practice commitments, Andrew has an interest in treating allergies and skin conditions.
He said: ‘My father, who was a GP, always said that I should become a dermatologist as it was a much easier life than being a doctor! Like so much of his advice, I didn’t follow it at the time and while I thoroughly enjoy general practice, I do find treating skin problems and allergies very stimulating.’
Carrying out minor surgery is also another area of focus for Andrew. He said: ‘I believe that more GPs should be able to do minor surgical procedures. Being able to perform this skill reduces the need for patients to travel to local hospitals so saving them time and money. Nevertheless, I worry there aren’t enough opportunities for young doctors to learn these skills as they train.’
Andrew’s hard work combined with the dedication of his colleagues and staff resulted in the surgery been rated ‘outstanding’ earlier this year by the Care Quality Commission – a national body that ensures health services across the country are safe and effective. The surgery was the first GP practice in the Thames Valley to receive this rating in 2015.
Andrew has been involved in commissioning health services for over 20 years and remains very committed to this work. He said: ‘I believe that experienced clinicians should get involved with commissioning if they want to change health services to improve care for patients. ‘
Outside of work, Andrew’s passion for cycling encouraged him to launch a patients’ cycling group at the surgery 20 years ago. This in turn led to the launch of the annual Sonning Common ‘village cycle day’ which now attracts 600 participants. He has also cycled across parts of Vietnam and showed a group of visiting German and Austrian journalists the beauty of the local Reading countryside by bike.