Dr Alan Brook has announced his intention to retire from the role of Governing Body Chair of NHS Calderdale CCG on 30 April 2018.
Alan has chaired the Governing Body since the Calderdale CCG was first established back in 2013. During that time, he has been responsible for the clinical leadership of the CCG and has helped shape the future direction of the health and social care in Calderdale.
Under the CCG’s Constitution a new chair will be appointed from the remaining GP members of the Governing Body at its meeting in public on 8th March 2018.
Speaking about his decision to retire, Alan said: “Leading the CCG from its inception to now, has been an immense privilege and an honour. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues on the Governing Body, CCG staff and of course my colleagues in General Practice, both past and present, for their commitment and for the support to they have afforded me over the years. However, time waits for no one; I reach my planned retirement age in May and it is time to step aside”.
Dr Brook has led the organisation through a period of unprecedented change and was prominent in shaping the proposals to reconfigure hospital and community health services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield.
Reflecting on his period of leadership Alan said: “I’ve never been one to sit back and complain about how the health system is and blame other people, but have always striven to take a proactive role in trying to fix things. I’m really proud of the way in which we’ve approached some very difficult challenges with honesty and transparency.
Commenting on his hopes for future, Alan said: “Calderdale CCG has always been a leader in working in partnership with others and in being genuinely outward looking. We can’t be an island; we can’t provide everything our population needs on our own. As a small component in a much larger system we have to work with a lot of other partners and agencies.
“We can only deliver the best care we can for the people of Calderdale if we continue our partnership approach and embrace the opportunities to integrate our services across a bigger footprint in West Yorkshire”.
CCG Chief Officer, Dr Matt Walsh added: “I’d like to thank Alan for his hard work and steadfast commitment to improving the quality of health and social care in Calderdale. He has demonstrated great leadership in some very challenging times and will be missed by all his colleagues at the CCG.