Corby GP takes top role in health organisation

Dr Joanne Watt
Dr Joanne Watt

The organisation responsible for commissioning health services in the Corby area has appointed a new clinical chairman following an election.

Dr Joanne Watt, has been a Corby GP for eleven years and assumed her new position as clinical chair of NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group on April 1.

Joanne is a senior partner at Great Oakley Medical Centre and in addition to her GP duties she was firstly a representative during practice based commissioning.

She then became her practice delivery lead for the CCG, and in July 2012 was elected to the Governing Body of NHS Corby CCG.

Between 2013 until five months ago she was the GP quality lead on the Governing Body, and has had a variety of other executive roles including mental health, sexual health, maternity, ‘flu, cancer, patient engagement and spoke at many public events.

GP Joanne Watt said: “I am delighted to take over in this role and look forward to the work ahead. It’s a challenging time for the NHS and I relish the opportunity to see how we can, as an organisation, meet these challenges and continue to deliver quality care for local residents.

“As clinical chair I understand the need to work with our public, patients, practices and stakeholders to ensure that we stay focused on the priority areas that deliver quality, performance and financial efficiencies across our Local Health Economy.

“My priorities will include developing a greater focus on prevention and wellbeing for both physical and mental health, improving coordination of care by working with partners and stakeholders and ensuring financial sustainability and cost effective services, all while achieving and maintaining the NHS constitutional standards.”

Carole Dehghani, chief officer at Corby CCG, said: “Speaking on behalf of everyone at NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group I would like to extend a warm welcome to Dr Joanne Watt. We have every confidence in her and wish her the very best in her new role.”