CCG Chair to stand down in Stafford

The Chair of the organisation responsible for buying in health services for patients in the Stafford area has announced she is to stand down.

Dr Anne-Marie Houlder, Chair of Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group, will leave the organisation on 31 May 2015, after 18 months at the helm.

It comes after she announced that she was leaving her position as a GP at Brewood Surgery to take up a new role as a partner at Market Drayton Surgery in Shropshire.

The CCG's constitution states that the CCG Chair must be a GP at a member practice. Dr Houlder's decision to leave a Staffordshire GP practice to take up a role outside of the county means that she will no longer be eligible to chair the organisation.

Dr Houlder has led the CCG through a period of unprecedented change to the healthcare system which has seen a brand new trust (University Hospital of North Midlands), created following the integration of the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust and the University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS).

Dr Houlder said: "Moving to a GP practice outside of Staffordshire means I am no longer able to carry on with my role as Chair of the CCG and as such will be handing over the reins to a new Chair later in the year. "Driving through the constitutional changes for a relatively new organisation has been a tough and challenging role but one that I have thoroughly enjoyed and I am grateful to my fellow board members and GPs for their support."

Stafford and Surrounds Chief Officer Andrew Donald, said: "I want to thank Dr Houlder for her hard work and commitment to her role as Chair and wish her well at her new GP practice."

The CCG is now going through the recruitment process for Dr Houlder's successor.