We are pleased to be able to announce the newly appointed Chair of the GP Collaborative Board (GPCB) as Dr Jon Hayes. Many of you will know Jon from his roles as GP Partner at Hanham Health since 1999, and Clinical Chair of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG since it's inception as an organisation in 2018.
The interview process was led by a sub-group of GPCB members, consisting of Dr Nicola McGuinness, Dr Sarah Pepper, Dr Richard Berkley and Dr Lee Salkeld. Ruth Taylor, Chief Executive of One Care, was a non-voting observer and the panel was chaired by an independent member, Jeff Farrar, interim Chair of the Healthier Together Partnership Board and Chair of University Hospitals Bristol and Weston (UHBW). The panel put forward their decision to the Board for ratification in early September.
On behalf of the recruitment sub-group, Dr Lee Salkeld said:
We are really excited about Jon’s appointment to the role of Chair of the GP Collaborative Board. He brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and relationships to the Board at this important time in our development.
Throughout the recruitment process, Jon demonstrated that his 20+ years of working in grass roots general practice combined with his in-depth understanding of the intricacies of our health system mean that he is perfectly positioned to lead us through the challenges and opportunities ahead.
The Board is looking forward to working with Jon to really cement the role of the GP Collaborative Board in representing, advocating, and working on behalf of general practice in our Integrated Care System.
Jon will remain as Chair of the CCG until March 2022 ahead of the transition to the new Integrated Care Board arrangements from April. He will, however, step down as Chair of the Clinical Executive on 31 November. This will ensure that he is not involved in commissioning decisions about primary care and mitigate the risk of any conflict of interest. He will take up his role as Chair of the GPCB in December. Until then, he will attend GPCB meetings as Chair designate, and Board meetings will be chaired by our Vice-Chair, Dr Katrina Boutin, whose appointment we announced in early August 2021.
Commenting on the appointment, Dr Jon Hayes said:
I am thrilled to be appointed as the Chair of the GP Collaborative Board. General Practice has achieved so much over the last 18 months - from fast-tracking digital transformation, to driving the local vaccination roll-out and managing the current surge in service demand. Practices have forged new partnerships with our populations, communities and colleagues across the health and care system - and whilst it's been tough, we have much to build on.
The GPCB already plays a critical role in the health and care system, and will continue to do so - particularly as we move towards the statutory Integrated Care System (ICS) landscape. It's important that we have a strong collective voice as general practice, and as the new Chair, I'm really looking forward to working closely with all practices across BNSSG to make that happen.
Dr Simon Bradley held the role of Interim Chair of the GP Collaborative Board since its inception in September 2020. On behalf of the GP Collaborative Board, Dr Katrina Boutin said:
We would like to offer heartfelt thanks to Simon for his visionary leadership, tenacity and commitment to the Board during his time in the role. He has been instrumental in taking the GP Collaborative Board from concept into reality.
Simon will continue to be a member of the GP Collaborative Board in his role as Chair of One Care.