A NEW managing director has been appointed at the NHS Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Alison Smith has taken on the senior leadership role at the organisation, which is responsible for planning and buying NHS health services on the Island.

She said: “I am passionate about this role and the Island community.

“We all use and value health and care services, and it is so important the work we do continues to make a difference to the community we serve.

“Our priority is to ensure we have the right services for Island people and to ensure we work closely together, not only within the CCG, but also with our partner organisations.”

Alison has worked at operational and strategic levels in provider trusts.

Most recently, she was the chief operating officer at the Mid Essex NHS Trust, focusing on quality and performance improvement.

As head of the Isle of Wight NHS CCG, Alison said she aimed to build on partnership working with the Isle of Wight Council and Isle of Wight NHS Trust — as well as third sector and voluntary organisations — to deliver the best health and care services for Island residents.

Alison said: “The aim of all three organisations is to work together for one important common purpose — to provide a high standard of care to patients.

“The ultimate test of this will be measuring patient feedback, but also that of our staff and partners to ensure we are delivering the best services and support.

“Clearly, improvements won’t happen overnight, but over the next few months we are focused on delivering improvements in areas such as mental health and access to urgent and emergency care services.”

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