WORKFORCE: Two new lay members have joined the governing bodyof the Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group based in Staffordshire.

Paul Gallagher will be lay member for public and patient involvement while Neil Chambers will be lay member for governance.

Lay members will work 2.5 days a month and will be paid £7,822 per year.

Mr Gallagher served 34 years with Staffordshire Police and has also worked for the Local Criminal Justice Board and Victim Support.

He said: “I want to ensure the views of the patients and the local communities are taken into account and considered when deciding on how best medical services can be efficiently and effectively delivered in this area.”

Mr Chambers spent 37 years in the civil service and has recently been carrying out voluntary work involving money and benefits advice for two small Walsall based charities.

He said: “I recently started in my new role and I already have a good feeling that we can make real progress in improving the health services for the people of Cannock Chase. As a local user of health services it is important to me that money is spent wisely and decisions are based on improving services.”

Cannock Chase CCG is made up of 28 local GP Practices who are working together to shape and commission health services for 130,000 residents.

Johnny McMahon, chair of Cannock Chase CCG, said: “The lay members will bring an independent eye to what we are doing, make sure we are in-touch with local opinions and ensure we know what people’s expectations are. They also have an important part to play in making sure that we are accountable and that we make the best use of resources.”