HealthWatch Vice Chair becomes new layperson for West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

HealthWatch Vice Chair becomes new layperson for West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

2nd March 2016

West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are pleased to announce the appointment of Gillian Adams to their governing body. Ms Adams will be the lay member for Patient and Public Engagement, providing assurance that public and patients are involved at all stages of the commissioning process.

Ms Adams, a local Loughborough resident, is a former vice chair of HealthWatch Leicestershire and currently sits on NHS England Clinical Reference Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. She has also represented patients at the NHS England Quality and Clinical Risk Committee. She brings a wide knowledge of both the local and national health economies to the role, as well as an understanding of the experiences of patients, having been a carer for her husband in the past.

Professor Mayur Lakhani, Chair of West Leicestershire CCG said: “I’m delighted that Gillian has joined the governing board in West Leicestershire. Having sat alongside Gillian on the Leicestershire Health and Wellbeing Board and working with her at HealthWatch, I know that she is dedicated to making sure that the patient’s voice is represented in the work that the NHS does and I look forward to working with her.”

Gillian Adams said: “When I unexpectedly became a carer for my husband in 2009 it opened my eyes to what it meant to be both a carer and a patient, and since then I have wanted to get involved and make a difference. I feel passionately that understanding patient experiences is the route to improving care in the NHS and I’m excited to be starting my new role at West Leicestershire CCG, where they hold the same values.”

Ms Adams replaces Evan Rees, who stepped down on February 29 following a successful four years in the role.

Professor Lakhani continues: “Evan has made a huge contribution to the work of the CCG over the last four years. In addition to the core elements of his role in chairing the quality and primary medical care committees he has always been willing to take on new responsibilities both within the CCG and in our wider collaborative work. I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say that Evan will be greatly missed.”