WORKFORCE: Prasad Rao is to step down as chair of Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group.

Dr Rao, who has held the leadership role at the CCG since it was created in shadow form, has said he would like to spend more time with his family.

He is to step down in January and will be replaced by Ruth Chambers.

Dr Rao has been a GP at the Belgrave Medical Centre in Dresden, Staffordshire, for 30 years and is a senior partner at the practice.

He said: “I am leaving the CCG in a very strong position and the GPs have always been fully supportive of me.

“I look forward to spending more time with my family. I’m sad to be leaving colleagues but am happy to be leaving an organisation which is working well, and I will be carrying on at my surgery.”

Stoke-on-Trent CCG accountable officer Andrew Bartlam said: “Prasad has supported not only members of the CCG but also the membership, the local population of Stoke-on-Trent and the local health economy and encouraged the close clinical working that the CCG is extremely proud of.

“Prasad has shown strong leadership throughout the difficult financial times and has helped to create a strong and efficient CCG.

“He will continue to serve the local population and will remain a member of the CCG in his role as a GP.”