The search has begun for a resident of Fylde and Wyre to join the Governing Body of the local NHS decision-maker.

NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which plans and buys health services across the area, has opened recruitment for a new Governing Body lay member.

Following the retirement of Paul Olive, who has been a member on the CCG’s Governing Body for the past five years, the CCG is seeking a lay member to oversee its governance and to hold the organisation to account on behalf of the public.

CCG chair Mary Dowling said: “This is an opportunity for someone from our local community with the relevant skills and experience to get involved in helping us to shape our future plans for health and care.

“We are at the cutting edge of developing new ways of delivering health services, with ambitious plans to integrate health and care across the Fylde coast.

“We have been very fortunate to have had Paul work with us as our lay member for governance. We have benefitted greatly from his expertise.”

The role would involve overseeing key elements of the CCG’s governance, its financial management and audit arrangements. Relevant qualifications, expertise or experience will be required to be able to express informed views about financial management and audit matters, be able to chair meetings effectively and be able to provide independent advice on governance issues, including conflicts of interest.

Mr Olive, who spent 16 years working in the NHS across the Fylde coast with both the hospital and the CCG, said: “It’s time to hand over my responsibilities to someone new.

This is not a decision I have taken lightly. I have enjoyed my time here greatly.”

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  • NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. This is known as ‘commissioning’.
  • Led by family doctors (GPs), the CCG currently serves a population of 152,000 people across approximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside. The majority live in the urban towns of Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.
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