Dr Mike Grady has been appointed as independent chair of a new travel and transport group following a recruitment and selection process which included advertising the role nationally.
The group is being set up following the recent consultation on proposed future arrangements for hospital and community health services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield after analysis identified travel and transport as key areas highlighted by the public.
Dr Grady is a former principal adviser/senior research fellow at the Institute of Health Equity where he was part of the team supporting the Marmot Review and its subsequent implementation across the UK. He has significant NHS and local authority experience having held the posts of Director of Social Services/Acting Chief Officer Housing and Social Care at Wakefield Council and Chief Executive of Eastern Wakefield NHS Primary Care Trust.
Dr Grady’s knowledge of the evidence to support policies to address health inequalities and understanding of the importance of travel and transport policies in promoting health and wellbeing will support him in this new role.
The travel and transport group will advise, inform and provide expert input on transport and access matters relating to the proposed changes to health services across Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield. This will involve identifying priority areas for consideration such as access, travel, parking and public transport as well as developing recommendations and plans to address any challenges. Members of the group include representatives from the public, Healthwatch, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, both local authorities and the NHS.
Dr Grady said: “I look forward to working in partnership with the group and wider communities to better understand the issues involved and develop evidence-based recommendations. This will be a very challenging but ultimately rewarding role.”
Dr Steve Ollerton, GP and Chair of NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG said: “I am delighted that we have been able to appoint such an experienced chair to this role. The travel and transport group has an important role to play in identifying priority areas for consideration and developing recommendations and plans to address any challenges.”
Dr Alan Brook, GP and Chair of NHS Calderdale CCG said: “This new group will advise, inform and provide expert input on transport and access matters relating to our proposed future arrangements for health services. I am pleased that this work is now getting underway and I look forward to hearing more from group as they develop their plans.”