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.’