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Northumberland GP joins board at Northumbria Healthcare

Friday, 04 July, 2014
Northumberland GP joins board at Northumbria Healthcare

A retired Northumberland GP has joined the ranks of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Peter Sanderson has been appointed non-executive director of the trust by its Council of Governors for a three-year term in office.

Northumbria Healthcare is responsible for hospital, community health and adult social care services in Northumberland and hospital and community health services in North Tyneside and was recently named provider trust of the year.

Peter worked as a family doctor in Guide Post for 31 years and is looking forward to using his wealth of experience as a GP to work with one of the country’s leading NHS foundation trusts and focus on improving care for patients in a different part of the health sector.

Peter, 68, said: “I am delighted to take up this role with Northumbria Healthcare.

“Although I have retired from my role as a family doctor treating patients, I am keen to remain involved in healthcare and this is a perfect opportunity to use my experience to work with an organisation that is focussed on continuously improving the care provided to patients both in hospital and in the community today.

“When I started in general practice in 1975, care provided in a GP surgery and in other settings, such as a hospital, was entirely separate. However, over the years, different parts of the health sector have increasingly worked together to provide a more joined-up service for patients.

“Northumbria Healthcare is recognised nationally for the great strides it has made to join up services from hospital to home and ensure seamless care for patients.  With my experience as a GP, I will be working hard to improve integration even further.”

Peter, who lives in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, is also keen to be involved the trust’s extensive patient experience programme, widely recognised as being one of the best in the NHS.

“The more you listen to patients and staff the more you can understand what’s going on and make things work better,” he said.

“Northumbria Healthcare’s patient experience programme is to be applauded and I’m keen to work with teams to continue to ensure that every patient, relative or carer has a voice and an opportunity to feed back on their experiences.”

Before becoming a GP, Peter spent five years as an RAF medical officer. He was secretary of the Northumberland Local Medical Committee for 16 years and previously held a part-time role as GP clinical advisor with the trust.

Peter is a keen skier and has two grown-up children and four grandsons.

Brian Flood, chairman of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted to welcome Peter as a non-executive director of the trust and I am sure he will be a fantastic addition to our organisation.

“His wealth of experience as a GP will be invaluable as we all work together to provide the best care to our patients.”