Health commissioner Andrew Donald to retire from NHS after 40-year career

One of the most senior health commissioners in Staffordshire has announced his retirement after almost 40 years working with the NHS.

Andrew Donald, the Accountable Officer of Stafford and Surrounds, Cannock Chase and South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Groups, will leave his post on 30 April 2017.

Andrew said: “Planning to retire has not been an easy decision because I thoroughly enjoy working with the whole team including my Chairs and Governing Body members. I will no doubt miss them all.

“However, after thirty nine and half years working for and with the NHS it is time to move on to the next stage of my life and plan to do some different things.

“Having considered things very carefully with my family I feel that April is the right time. It will allow me just over six months to get the three CCGs to the best place I can before my departure.”

Andrew has led Stafford and Surrounds and Cannock Chase CCGs since they began running in shadow form from 2012. He was also appointed Accountable Officer of South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG in 2015.

In addition to leading the three CCGs, Andrew has been instrumental in bringing organisations together across the wider health economy to tackle system-wide challenges.

He brought commissioners and providers together to introduce an A&E Task and Finish Group to monitor demand and resolve challenges in urgent care, he has established partnership with the community and voluntary sector and is currently leading the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Transforming Care Partnership developing services for people with autism and learning difficulties.

He was previously a Primary Care Trust Chief Executive and has worked in various roles in the public and private sector.

Andrew added: "I would like to put on record that even though this has been the most challenging role of my career, I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I want to also formally acknowledge the staff and my Executive Management Team for their support and continued efforts to build three high-performing CCGs - they are without doubt the best team of people I have ever worked with."

Dr Paddy Hannigan, Chair of Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Andy’s leadership has been a tremendous asset to this CCG and his dedication, hard work and enthusiasm will be missed by all who have worked with him.

“We are grateful for everything that Andy has achieved and we wish him a long and happy retirement.”

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