NHS Surrey Heath Clinical Commission Group (CCG) has today announced that John Guy, Chairman of the organisation will be stepping down at the end of this month after three years in the role. He will be handing over to Andrew Lloyd, former Chief Executive of Rushmoor Borough Council.

As Chairman of NHS Surrey Heath CCG since April 2014, John has been pivotal in establishing the CCG as effective and trusted commissioner of healthcare by always having the needs of the people of Surrey Heath at the heart of the organisation.

Under John’s leadership, Surrey Heath has seen the implementation of the Integrated Care Teams, which brings together nurses, therapists, practitioners, assistants and support workers to provide care and treatment in our local community.

We have also seen the introduction of the Single Point of Access. The single point of access team acts a streamlined point of contact for healthcare professionals. This means that patients only need to give their information once, allowing for GPs and other healthcare practitioners to signpost patients accurately to the correct services in a timely and effective manner. This is helping to avoid multiple referrals and clears up any uncertainty.

More recently, Surrey Heath CCG and Surrey County Council publicly signed one of the UK’s first legal agreements to bring Health and Adult Social Care services together in Surrey Heath.

John Guy, Chairman of NHS Surrey Heath CCG, said:

“We have a strong clinically-led vision and it has been an honour to chair such an outstanding and committed team of professionals.”

“I step down with some sadness but with delight at the success of the three years - and I am very pleased to hand over the chairmanship to Andrew. His great knowledge and experience of local government, his integrity and his wise counsel will bring huge benefits to Surrey Heath CCG.”

“It has been a privilege to engage in wider Surrey issues - principally through chairing the committee of CCGs reviewing Stroke services in the County, and sitting on the leadership group of Frimley Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). The stroke review will ensure that all stroke victims are taken to one of three specialist centres with 24/7 consultant cover, the local hospital being Frimley Park here in Camberley, whilst the STP is developing significant plans to improve provision for the health and wellbeing of the locality.”

Dr Andy Brooks, Chief Officer of NHS Surrey Heath CCG said:

“John has overseen a period of tremendous and positive change for our local population. He has been a great support to both the organisation and to me personally. As a chair he has skilfully developed the organisation in order to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents. His presence will be missed and we wish him all the best”

Dr John Guy will step down from the role at the end of March 2017.