A governor of the area’s health authority has stepped down from his role, but will continue in his practice as a GP in Wickhambrook.
Dr Jon Ferdinand is to step down from his role as a member of the governing body of the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
He will continue to practice at the Wickhambrook GP surgery and will continue to support the governing body in the role of an associate member.
“It has been a privilege and a pleasure to serve as a member of the governing body for the last two years.
“The NHS has seen some recent radical changes and the role of the governing body is to make sure that west Suffolk people continue to receive the best possible health care.
“I have enjoyed making my contribution to healthcare improvements and working with such a talented and dedicated team has made my decision to leave a difficult one to make.
“However, I have another role with the University of Cambridge, as a key member of the team which runs the graduate course in medicine.
“For now I need to dedicate some time developing my role in this area as I am very passionate about teaching”.
Dr Christopher Browning, chairman of the CCG, said: “Dr Ferdinand has made a significant contribution to delivering quality health care services to local people.
“His strength and commitment to making planned care services the best they can be, can be evidenced by some of the changes that have happened during his time as a Governing Body member.
“He has promoted shared decision making with patients in the development of planned new services, including the new hip and knee services at West Suffolk Hospital.
“Dr Ferdinand’s achievements also include leading on the development of community based services for carpal tunnel surgery and irritable bowel syndrome as well being instrumental in establishing a specification for a new community pain service which will deliver real benefits to patients and help them manage their chronic pain condition.
“A number of Dr Ferdinands’s projects will be developed further after his departure, in particular local forums for cardiology, diabetes and respiratory conditions that will include patient and voluntary groups to help shape local services.
“I know that Dr Ferdinand is a highly talented teacher and understand that he wishes to spend more time in this field.
“I’m sure that his passion for teaching and education will ensure we have a talented pool of efficient and effective GPs in the future.
“Everyone at the West Suffolk CCG wishes Dr Ferdinand the very best for the future.”
Dr Ferdinand has recently produced a video for medical students which highlights the positive aspects of life as a GP, which you can view it vimeo.com/87969915
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