Danbury GP, Dr Caroline Dollery, has been appointed into the role of Chair of Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (MECCG).
Dr Dollery, who has been a GP with Danbury Medical Centre for 18 years, is currently the elected GP member for Governance on the CCG Board.
She will take up the position of Chair of MECCG at the beginning of September and, subject to re-election, will serve a three-year term.
Board members of MECCG recommended and agreed the appointment during a public meeting last Thursday (July 31st) at Spring Lodge in Witham.
Dr Dollery, who also has a regional and national profile in relation to her work in mental health, said: “I am delighted to be in this new role and look forward to supporting our membership practices, members of the public and all partners in our community to rise to the challenge as the CCG and all partners set out their vision for future health services.
“The CCG has an important part to play in ensuring that people living in Braintree, Maldon and Chelmsford can look after their own health and wellbeing, as well as accessing quality health services where and when they need them.
“But we also have the task of trying to get back on track financially from a current deficit of just over £15 million.
“At the moment we are finalising transformational plans for health over the next five years and I am excited to have the opportunity to influence and lead this work.”
Dr Dollery takes over the role from Dr Bryan Spencer, who has been interim Chair of the CCG since May 2014.
Dr Spencer, who is a GP at the Elizabeth Courthald Surgery in Halstead, will resume his role of Deputy Chair. He said: “I would like to congratulate Caroline, I am sure she will prove to be an inspirational and solid leader for the CCG and all clinicians.”