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Northumbria Healthcare appoints Dr Alistair Blair as new medical director

Friday, 02 February, 2018
Northumbria Healthcare appoints Dr Alistair Blair as new medical director

Local GP joins the trust after six years’ service at the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Dr Alistair Blair to the role of GP medical director. He will continue to work clinically as a GP in Northumberland.

Among his duties will be to lend a clinical voice to the leadership team and advocate for the patient at the organisation’s highest levels, including Board. The perspective he brings as a senior community clinician will add great weight to the trust’s clinical strategy and ambitions for partnership working. He will also play a role in shaping the future of healthcare in the area and communicating that vision to staff.

He is leaving the role of clinical chair with NHS Northumberland CCG after six years to take up this new position.

Alistair grew up in Northumberland and qualified as a GP in 1999. He is a GP partner with Wellway Medical Group in Northumberland and has led the county’s CCG since November 2010 before being appointed as its chief clinical officer in July 2012.

Alistair is also on the national board for NHS Clinical Commissioners and has a longstanding interest in enabling clinical integration to deliver for patients and professionals. He has worked twice for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in war zones in Sri Lanka and the Kenya Somali border area.

He said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with so many great colleagues in primary and secondary care during one of the most challenging periods of the NHS’s history.

“I’m sad to be going in many ways but the CCG is in great hands and will benefit from new perspectives, just as I hope I can provide to Northumbria Healthcare in my exciting new role with them.

“Whichever role I’m in, it’s the care of patients and how the NHS as a system can deliver even better experiences that I am constantly driven to achieve.”

Siobhan Brown, chief operating officer of Northumberland CCG said: “We are sad to be losing Alistair and we wish him well in his new role. Alistair has always kept the patient at the centre of everything we do and in his new position his knowledge and expertise will be key in working together towards the creation of a more joined up and sustainable healthcare system for patients in Northumberland.”

Jeremy Rushmer, executive medical director at Northumbria Healthcare said:

“It’s great to welcome Alistair to the team – we’re very excited to have a person of his background and credentials on board.

“We look forward to his fresh perspective on the challenges we face and his ideas on how to overcome them.”