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GP takes over at North East Lincs

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A local GP has been appointed interim chief executive of North East Lincolnshire Care Trust Plus to oversee the transition to consortia.

Dr Peter Melton, chair of the trust’s clinical executive committee, will take up the post in November.   

The integrated health and social care commissioner was created in 2007 from North East Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust and the adult social care arm of North East Lincolnshire Council.

Dr Melton was also professional executive committee chair of the former PCT and is a partner at the Roxton Practice.

Current deputy chief executive Cathy Kennedy will continue in post while director of collaborative commissioning Sue Rogerson will also take the title of deputy chief executive.

The trust said Dr Melton’s role would focus on moving towards clinically led commissioning, building on existing partnerships with the local authority and primary care as well as ensuring the CTP delivers on the service and financial challenges in the medium term.

Dr Melton said: “I want to thank the CTP board in taking the innovative step of appointing a local practising GP as its accountable officer.

“This is a clear indication of the progressive and confident approach being taken here as we move towards GP commissioning,” he said. “The interim chief executive arrangements will deliver a unique model, blending the strengths of clinical, managerial and lay leadership.”

He added: “My commitment to staff is early clarity around what the reforms are likely to mean to them and the opportunity for everyone to shape our responses.”

Former chief executive Jane Lewington, who was in post for 10 years and oversaw the creation of the integrated organisation, announced she was stepping down in August.

She will move to United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust as director of service development and strategy and deputy chief executive in December.

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