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GP appointed clinical director at foundation trust

A GP has been appointed clinical director for a foundation trust, in the first appointment of its kind.

North Tyneside GP Dr Jane Weatherstone – who has been a GP partner for 22 years – has will become clinical director for North Tyneside at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Weatherstone was co-clinical chair of NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and will work with other GPs and the trust’s community staff, to develop patient-facing services.

She said: ‘Having worked directly with patients for more than 20 years, I understand what matters the most to them and where improvements can be made to make sure people get the right treatment in the most convenient way for them.’

Jim Mackey, Chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘This is the first appointment of its kind and underlines our commitment to deliver the best possible care – regardless whether this is in hospital, in the community or at home.’

Readers' comments (5)

  • Vinci Ho

    Interesting appointment
    All the best to you.

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  • Azeem Majeed

    Our local trust, the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, has a Directorate of Public Health & Primary Care that is headed by a GP. It will be interesting to see the impact of GPs in hospital management positions.

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  • Well done, and good luck.

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  • well done. The trust have a huge wealth of resource with your experience and you can help develop the correct and appropriate services that GPs need for their patients
    Good luck!

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  • Welcome to the strange world of FTs.

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