Chairman Dr Iain Chorlton announces retirement

Chairman Dr Iain Chorlton has announced he will be stepping down from his role in spring (2021). He will continue to work as a GP in Callington.
Iain will announce his plans to retire at NHS Kernow’s Governing Body meeting on Tuesday 1 December. Iain will retire at the end of his second term as chairman, having served 6 years. The chair of NHS Kernow is able to serve in terms of 3 years up to a maximum of 9 years in total.

There have been some tough times but many, many highs.

He has been a GP since 1997 and will continue as a partner at Tamar Valley Health.

Iain was a founding member of NHS Kernow, representing the east since 2013 and chairman since 2015.

He said: “There have been some tough times but many, many highs. Living and working in this great place is like nowhere else, it pulls at your heart strings and is difficult to put into words.”

Iain added: “I am very proud of the way in which the clinical commissioning group (CCG) has remained connected to and informed by our frontline GP members, some of whom are already within leadership roles in the CCG. This has set the foundations for more recent developments, with local GPs and health and care teams taking a leadership role in their local patches, being best placed to understand and respond to the needs of their local populations. Nowhere has this been better illustrated than in our current response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

He added: “It has been a great privilege to serve as chairman for the past 5 years. I am so proud of my talented, dedicated and enthusiastic colleagues, both within the CCG and partner organisations, who are working so closely together to do the very best for those we serve. The way in which the CCG is now planning care jointly with our local authority colleagues is delivering the integrated care we have been talking about for years. What we do in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is now looked upon as how those, elsewhere, can follow.”

What we do in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is now looked upon as how those, elsewhere, can follow.

Dr Rob White, NHS Kernow governing body member and GP, said: “It is important to reflect how far we have come under Iain’s calm, balanced and people focused chairmanship.”

Iain has played an instrumental role in ensuring that the work of the CCG is influenced not only by clinicians but by the people we serve, bringing greater transparency to the work of the governing body. Under his chairmanship, the Governing Body has often put aside its own organisational interests to do the right thing for the wider health and care system, and we have seen the CCG work increasingly more closely with other NHS organisations and the local councils, supported by a number of senior joint appointments.”

Dr White added: “Iain will be missed greatly by his colleagues but we wish him a very happy retirement.”

NHS Kernow will now begin the process to recruit a successor to Iain’s leadership role for the start of the new financial year.

Added on 24 November 2020, in News - General news