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New Clinical Chair for the merged BSW CCG

Dr Andrew Girdher has been successfully voted in as the new Clinical Chair for the merged BSW CCG.

61 per cent of GP practices placed votes by midnight yesterday and, as a result, Dr Girdher will now sit on the Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Governing Body.

Andrew is a GP Partner at Box Surgery, where he has worked since 2010. Prior to this he was a salaried GP in Bath and a Portfolio GP in London before that.

Andrew is currently Chair of the North and East Wiltshire locality as well as the CCG lead for diabetes in Wiltshire, the GP Federation in North Wiltshire and the sustainability and transformation lead for primary care. He is an established trainer and a GP appraiser and the Senior Medical Office at MOD Corsham.

As well as extensive experience in this country, Andrew has worked in different healthcare systems around the world, including Vancouver in Canada and a four month stint in India last year. He volunteered in India for a Charity for girls from under-privileged backgrounds who wouldn't normally have access to education or healthcare.

Andrew will start his new role officially on 1 April 2020, when the three existing CCGs formally merge, but he is already working with his new Governing Body colleagues, and the members who voted him in, to shape his role and develop the priorities for him to focus on.

“I’m delighted to have received the backing from GPs across BSW to take up this role”, Andrew said. “I feel privileged to have been given this opportunity and I’m looking forward to representing the GP voice and helping to shape future strategy so we have a health and care system for GPs and patients that is really fit for the future.

I’m also looking forward to talking to and meeting colleagues across primary care to get a good overview of their own hopes for the future during this crucial time in the development of our local health and care system.”

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