5. July 2012 10:44
NHS Blackburn and Darwen CCG looks set to get a new chair after its current lead Dr Chris Clayton decided to bid to become its chief executive when authorised.
Mr Joe Slater, a former social worker for Lancashire Council, has been named as the preferred candidate to chair the commissioning group.
As a local resident Mr Slater said he has “always championed the needs of local people” and will use his “knowledge and experience to help the CCG make life better and improve health in our borough.”
NHS Blackburn outlined the duties of Mr Slater in his new role. He will be responsible for promoting patient and public involvement and ensuring people are at the heart of local decisions about healthcare.
He will now undergo an additional assessment process before being formally appointed in August.
The CCG recently posted a video on YouTube featuring local residents outlining the structural changes to the NHS in the region.