Central London Clinical Commissioning Group has appointed a new managing director to replace Peter Crutchfield, who will leave the organisation at the end of December.

Matthew Bazeley, the current deputy managing director at central London CCG, will take up the position in January.

Mr Bazeley has worked in the NHS since 2001 and has held a number of operational and strategic roles in commissioning, acute trusts and the Department of Health.

Ruth O’Hare, chair of central London CCG, said: “I would like to thank Peter for all his hard work and dedication in driving the organisation during its establishment and first months as a statutory body. He will be greatly missed and I wish him all the best for the future.”

Mr Bazeley commented: “We have some interesting challenges ahead, as is the case for all NHS organisations. We need to provide more services in the community, closer to people’s homes and away from hospitals where appropriate.

“We are already starting to deliver this, with appointments and walk in services available on weekends at three GP practices in the borough. We hope this will help reduce the pressure on A&E services, particularly during winter when demand increases even further.”