Dr Helen Miller has today announced her decision to step down from her role as Clinical Chair of NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group from March 31, 2016.

Helen, a GP at The College Yard and Highnam surgeries in Gloucester for 25 years, has been Chair since the organisation came into being on 1 April 2013 and before that was Chair of NHS Gloucestershire’s Professional Executive Committee.

Dr Helen Miller said:

“This has not been an easy decision for me as I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the role, but after recovering from a period of physical illness and changes within my practice, I felt the time was right; a year before the end of my term as Chair, to focus on my work as a ‘jobbing GP’.

I have always been passionate about patient care and I feel a great sense of responsibility for the people I care for each day in general practice. Whilst I am extremely proud of what has been achieved for the people of Gloucestershire, I know that clinical commissioning in Gloucestershire will be in very good hands going forward.

Due to the dedication of CCG clinicians, managers and member GP practices, and thanks to effective community partnerships, we have been able to implement a range of positive developments across the county.

These include schemes to provide more joined up care for people with long term conditions, enhanced GP support services to care homes and investment in joined up community health and social care teams. Strong partnerships with our councils have enabled thousands of people to achieve a healthy weight and together we are delivering social prescribing, which is helping hundreds of people to access wider community support to improve their well-being.

We have a great many committed health and care professionals across Gloucestershire – working under real pressure every single day in GP practices, in the community and in hospitals. Despite these significant challenges and tiring schedules, the patient continues to come first.

It remains my view that clinical leadership in improving the patient’s journey through care remains of paramount importance in commissioning and if I can provide some support to colleagues as a working GP in the future, I will do so.

I look forward to hearing of all the future developments in commissioning for the benefit of patients.”

Accountable Officer at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Mary Hutton said:

“First and foremost, Helen has, and continues to be, a strong advocate for the patient. In every commissioning development she has been a part of; her primary interest has been in how patient care can be improved.

Helen has been an enthusiastic, committed and strong Clinical Chair who has left a very positive mark and has contributed much to the organisation’s success, despite the pressures and challenges that exist in the NHS locally and nationally.

Under her clinical leadership, NHS Gloucestershire CCG, the wider NHS and our community partners have developed a strong reputation for service innovation and achievement, which has been well documented. We are very pleased that Helen will continue working in Gloucestershire as a member of the CCG.”

A process will now get underway to appoint Helen’s successor as CCG Clinical Chair for a four year term.