NHS Clinical chief retires

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NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (HRW CCG) Clinical Chief Officer, Dr Vicky Pleydell has announced her retirement.

After a career in medicine spanning 40 years, Dr Pleydell is retiring as Clinical Chief Officer at HRW CCG.

She has held various clinical leadership roles alongside practice. Previous positions include Clinical Executive Chair at NHS North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust (PCT), Chair of the Professional Executive Committee Hambleton and Richmondshire PCT, and Co-Director of Nurse Practitioner Programme at Department of Health Studies at the University of York.

She was senior partner at Harewood Medical Practice in Catterick Garrison since 1988 and also worked in GP out of hours and GP appraisal. Dr Pleydell has been Clinical Chief Officer of HRW CCG since the organisation took over from the former PCT on 1 April 2013.

Dr Vicky Pleydell said: “It has been a great privilege to be a part of establishing the CCG as a new, different and values based NHS organisation.

“We have achieved a great deal in our first three years with increased investment in community and mental health services, bringing services closer to home where it is safe to do so, and challenging the system to do things better. It hasn’t always been easy and we have learned much along the way.

“We are absolutely focused on developing and improving care for the people of Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby. The CCG is a great team of people and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here; but there is much still to do.”

Following an in-depth interview process, HRW CCG has appointed Janet Probert as Accountable Officer who will replace Dr Pleydell on the Governing Body.