Queen’s Nurse Tracy Williams has been elected as chair of Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group’s governing body.
She was part of the clinical team that helped launch the CCG and has been a member of its governing body since it was set up in April 2012.
Ms Williams said: “I am extremely honoured to have the support of the governing body, CCG colleagues and our member practices to take on the role as chair.
“Norwich CCG in partnership with our practices has focused on improving the population of Norwich’s health and wellbeing through affordable, integrated, individualised high quality health and care,” she said.
“We have had many successes and face challenges ahead but the whole CCG team, our practices and stakeholders are committed to build on our successes going forwards in what we know will be challenging time,” she added.
Ms Williams is lead nurse at CityReach, a Norwich-based service for marginalised groups and is also a nurse practitioner at the city’s Gurney Surgery.
In addition, she has been the CCG’s lead in Healthy Norwich – a partnership project to promote healthier lifestyles and tackle inequalities in the city.
She was awarded the Queen Mother Award for Outstanding Service from the Queen’s Nursing Institute in 2013.
“We have had many successes and face challenges ahead”
Ms Williams will replace outgoing chair Dr Chris Price who is retiring after leading the CCG for the past three years.
Dr Price said: “Tracy’s commitment to tackling inequalities and addressing the key determinants of health is an ideal grounding for the role of chair of Norwich CCG.
“Her appointment after three years as a governing body member ensures continuity in the leadership of the CCG,” he said. “I am confident that the CCG is in very good hands as it prepares for some big challenges in the coming years.”
From 2010-11, Nursing Times successfully campaigned for the government to require that a registered nurse be on the governing body of every GP-led CCG – previously known as commissioning consortia.
The Seat on the Board campaign was a response to concerns that the nursing profession would lack sufficient influence over future NHS funding decisions made by CCGs, which took over from primary care trusts in 2013.