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'Empowering patients is key' says new CCG chief

Prevention and greater patient knowledge and information are among the key aims of  the new clinical chief officer for the East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Dr Andy Brooks, a GP for 17 years, replaced John Lisle on Tuesday, June 5.

Mr Lisle had been the accountable officer for East Berkshire CCG, which is responsible for commissioning NHS services in the local area, since May 2016.

Dr Brooks will also remain the clinical chief officer for Surrey Heath CCG, where he has been in post since 2012.

He said: “It’s a fantastic time to take on this joint responsibility as we continue to navigate the integrated care system landscape.

“Both CCGs are passionate about delivering the best possible outcomes for people and I’m excited for the journey ahead.”

Dr Brooks said he would draw on all his previous experience to help improve services for patients.

“The first really important thing for me to do is to get out and about and meet people so I can understand their concerns.

“I’ll be looking at how GPs can improve their networks and work better together and how we’re going to succeed in bringing health and social care together.”

Dr Brooks said he would be looking to improve awareness around prevention and give people the knowledge and information to help them make informed decisions about their own treatment.

He said the Prime Minister’s announcement that there would be more NHS funding on the eve of its 70th birthday would be welcome, but that there was still a need to do things more

efficiently.

He said it would be important to involve the local community and local people to best understand the different challenges facing each area.

Dr Brooks added that success for him in the role would be to look back in about five years and feel he had left people with a health system that people have confidence in.

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  • be_ transparent

    23:11, 26 June 2018

    Suggest you stipulate on all hospital contracts they must have totally free car parking for the public and fund enough training places for nurses and doctors to be trained in the UK and then work in Slough for 5 years so we end this ridiculous lack of training of enough health professionals at the stroke of a pen !

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  • The Lady Of The Lock

    23:11, 26 June 2018

    Dr Brooks, try getting an appointment with a GP in Slough it’s Practically impossible taking almost a Month each time. Oh & let’s not forget the new Appointment ( Times ) What a Joke 1, Problem ( 5 Mins ) Single Appointment. 2, Problems ( 10 Mins ) Double Appointment. 3 Problems ( Forget IT ) They Don’t do 3 Problem Appointment’s. You have to book 1 Single Appointment & 1 Double Appointment That Should roughly Take 2 Months in which time your Symtoms may put you in Hospital. No wonder People in this Town go to A&E at the cost of £ 1,000 Or More each time to the NHS & Tax Paying Public .

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