The South Eastern Local Commissioning Group (LCG) said goodbye to its Chairman Dr Nigel Campbell as his term of office came to an end in March 2015.
Currently there are five Local Commissioning Groups across Northern Ireland which are committees of the Health and Social Care Board, which hold responsibility for addressing the health and social care needs of their local populations.
Dr Campbell led the South Eastern Local Commissioning Group through a number of significant changes and the Group was the first to; commission Midwife Led Units for Maternity Care, to appoint and support practice pharmacists, develop a co-located Emergency Department and Out of Hours Service, devise a scheme for dieticians to review nursing home food supplements prescribing, commission new pain management arrangements and develop asymptomatic sexual health screening service in primary care. The LCG has also established extensive engagement arrangements with Primary Care, voluntary organisations and other local partner groups including local council.
Campbell’s career path brought him to leading the SELCG for the past six years. After qualifying from Queen’s University Belfast in 1988 and training as a General Practitioner, he took up his current post in Lisburn in 1995. He gained experience in local commissioning before first applying to be a member of Inner East Local Commissioning Group, and then as Chair of the South Eastern Local Commissioning Group following Minister McGimpsey’s reorganisation of local commissioning in 2009.
As his time with the Group has now come to an end, Dr Campbell reflected on his time as Chair,
“Originally I was attracted to a role where I could help shape healthcare provision for the patients and the community I represent, working to ensure that better commissioning decisions would be made and made in line with patient and client needs.”
“The South Eastern LCG has worked hard to promote the right choice in each area. The natural communities within the South Eastern area (Lisburn, Downpatrick, Bangor and Newtownards) now act as a hub offering a better model for future health and social care services.”
“It has been a privilege working with such a committed Group.”
“The LCG has been extremely supportive of me and I will miss the exchange of knowledge and views expressed at our table. I will also miss the daily contact I have had with many caring people often working in demanding roles, meeting individuals, establishing relationships with community representatives and interest groups, and helping to steer our Local Commissioning Group to make decisions about future service provision.”
“Local commissioning has been successful in gaining established recognition and influence in today’s world; local commissioning is needed now more than ever with the current financial position of the NHS system. The Groups are in a strong position to act as the vehicle for future change in tandem with the objectives set out in the Transforming Your Care in programmes.”
Mr David Heron, a community and voluntary sector representative on the LCG has taken up the position of Interim Chairman. The SE LCG will be advertising to appoint a new Chairperson later in 2015/16.