GP Joanne takes lead in quality care team
NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group, the clinically led organisation responsible for commissioning local health services, has a new ‘clinical chair’ following elections among its GP membership.
Dr Joanne Watt has been a Corby GP for 11 years and assumed her new position at the beginning of this month for a term of four years.
Joanne is a senior partner at Great Oakley Medical Centre and, over the years, in addition to her GP duties she was firstly a practice representative during practice-based commissioning. She then became her practice delivery lead for the CCG and, in July 2012, was elected to the Governing Body of NHS Corby CCG.
Between 2013 until five months ago, she was the GP quality lead on the Governing Body and has had a variety of other executive roles including mental health, sexual health, maternity, ’flu, cancer and patient engagement and has spoken at many public events.
Joanne said: “I am delighted to take over in this role and look forward to the work ahead. It’s a challenging time for the NHS and I relish the opportunity to see how we can, as an organisation, meet these challenges and continue to deliver quality care for local residents.
“As clinical chair, I understand the need to work with our public, patients, practices and stakeholders to ensure we stay focused on the priority areas that deliver quality, performance and financial efficiencies across our Local Health Economy.
“My priorities will include developing a greater focus on prevention and wellbeing for both physical and mental health, improving coordination of care by working with partners and stakeholders and ensuring financial sustainability and cost effective services, all while achieving and maintaining the NHS constitutional standards.”
Carole Dehghani, chief officer at Corby CCG said: “Speaking on behalf of everyone at NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Dr Joanne Watt. We have every confidence in her and wish her the very best in her new role.”
Pictured – FOCUSING ON WELLBEING: Dr Joanne Watt.