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Local Waitrose manager appointed to health governing body

20 October 2014


Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has appointed a new lay member to its governing body.


Alison Borrett joined BCCG this month. She fills the second lay member role on the body, working alongside GPs and executive directors. Alison’s appointment is for three years.


As part of the Group’s constitution, the governing body must comprise of at least two lay person members. Alison has been appointed as patient and public lead member, ensuring that public and patients’ views are heard and their expectations understood and, where appropriate as far as possible, met by the Group.


Alison, who lives in Marston Moretaine, is branch manager at Waitrose, Ampthill. She has worked in a number of senior retail management roles throughout her career.


Alison said on her appointment: “I am delighted to have joined the clinical commissioning group. The NHS is close to my heart, having used a range of local services for over 20 years. I am excited that my skills and experience of working in a co-owned organisation, such as John Lewis Partnership can be used to assist the Group in its commissioning planning for the local population, and in particular advising and supporting its patient and public engagement.”


Steve Hone, lay chair for BCCG, said: “Lay members are a valuable asset to our governing body and I am delighted Alison has been appointed to this role. Her extensive experience of working across retail will be invaluable in all aspects of our work. In particular, her knowledge and expertise in using the voice of the public in developing her stores will support our engagement work and assure the governing body that the voice of the local population is heard.”

Notes to editors

·         Alison is married with two children and enjoys cooking and entertaining.

·         Alison is a former chair of the Milton Keynes Shopping Centre Association.

·         Alison has worked in retail management throughout her career.

·         The CCG governing body comprises of up to 18 members, made up of at least two lay person members; one patient and public lead member and one audit and governance lead member.

·         The role of a lay member on a clinical commissioning group’s governing body is to bring specific expertise and experience to the work of the body. Their focus will be strategic and impartial, providing an external view of the work of the CCG that is removed from the day-to-day running of the organisation.

·         Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 441,000 people who live in Bedfordshire. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.

·         BCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. All 55 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members of the CCG which is divided into five areas, which we call localities. These are: Bedford, Chiltern Vale, Leighton Buzzard, Ivel Valley and West Mid Bedfordshire and all of the 55 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members.

·         In 2014-2015, BCCG has a budget of approximately £440m to spend on healthcare services for Bedfordshire. You can read more about how BCCG is organised in our constitution. It explains how we operate, make decisions and our governance structures and processes. You can also read our corporate plan which sets out our priorities and aims for 2014-15.

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