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The membership of the Northern Local Commissioning Group is changing as the terms of office for four of its current members comes to an end on 31 March 2015.
Mr Laurence O’Kane, Community Pharmacist from Mid Ulster, has led the Northern Local Commissioning Group in recent times as Interim Chair. Prior to taking up the role of Interim Chairmanship on 23 April 2013, Laurence provided professional input as a Member in his community pharmacist role.
Mr O’Kane has been involved from the inception of the Northern Local Commissioning Group in 2009. He has provided both skilful leadership and insight as a practising professional to inform the local planning and commissioning of health and social care services in the Northern area.
Also, stepping down are Dr Turlough Tracey, a local GP and Mr David Barbour, local councillor – both from the Causeway area; and Dr Ian Buchanan, a local GP from the East Antrim area. All three were founding members of the Northern Local Commissioning Group. Each has brought his own unique insight, experience and commitment to the Group. Together they have contributed immensely to improving the health and social care outcomes of many local people living in the northern area.
On behalf of the Northern Local Commissioning Group, Bride Harkin, Commissioning Lead, Health and Social Care Board, paid tribute to the enthusiasm, dedication and commitment of the outgoing Members:
“Over the last six years, the Northern LCG has benefited hugely from the experience and expertise of the outgoing members. Always willing to contribute a primary care or local government perspective, we have really appreciated the contribution they have made and the time they have given to local commissioning. On behalf of the remaining Members, we thank them for all their efforts and wish them well in their future endeavours.”
The Northern Local Commissioning Group is a Committee of the Health and Social Care Board. The Health and Social Care Board commissions a comprehensive range of modern and effective health and social care services for the 1.8 million people who live across Northern Ireland.
The Northern Local Commissioning Group is responsible for ensuring that the health and social care needs of its local population are met. The Group comprises of a range of professional staff including GPs, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and social workers, as well as voluntary and elected representatives together with colleagues from both the Health and Social Care Board and the Public Health Agency. The Group is one of five Local Commissioning Groups.
The recruitment process to replace these individuals is well underway. The remaining Members look forward to welcoming new colleagues to the Northern Local Commissioning Group.