Jeff SchryerDr. Jeff Schryer is standing down from the role of Governing Body Chair of NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) after more than three years at its helm.

Jeff has chaired the CCG Governing Body since April 2018 and is only the second Chairman since the CCG was established back in 2013.   He will step down at the start of September 2021.

During this time as CCG Chair he has been responsible for the clinical leadership of the CCG and has helped shape the future direction of joint working across health and social care in Bury, including the CCG becoming integrated with Bury Council so that the two organisations can jointly plan care that meets people’s needs.

The term of office for a CCG Chair is three years, however, Jeff’s term was extended from April until the Autumn of 2021 to ensure continued stability during what has been an unprecedented 16 months for everyone.  At this point his contract will come to a natural end.

He has been a GP locally for over 30 years, qualifying from the University of Manchester in 1986, and will take this opportunity to continue to focus on his GP work at his Prestwich based Practice and family life.

Under the CCG’s constitution a new Chair will be appointed from the existing membership.

Speaking about his decision to step down to concentrate on his work as a GP and family life, Jeff said: “I have felt privileged to have held the role of Chair of the CCG for the past three and a bit years. It’s been an honour to lead the organisation, to see what is possible to improve health and care services locally by working more closely with our partners such as Bury Council.  I am very proud of what we have achieved in Bury together.  I want to personally thank our skilled and dedicated teams working in the CCG, within our GP Practices and the wider health and care system, for your continued hard work and dedication during my time as Chair.    The past year has been difficult for everyone, but you have risen to every challenge to provide the best care for local people.  I wish you all, and my successor, the very best for the future.”

Commenting on his hopes for the future, Jeff added: “Thanks to the joint working arrangements we now have in place within the CCG and Bury Council, along with integrated ways of working across our health and care family, Bury is in a fantastic position to continue to transform local services to meet the needs of local people in the future, with more of a focus on breaking down barriers, reducing inequalities and improving the experience of our patients.”

Geoff Little, CCG Accountable Officer, added: “It is important to reflect how far we have come under Jeff’s calm, balanced and people focused chairmanship.  He exemplifies what you would want to see in a leader and he always has an open door policy.”

Councillor Eamonn O’Brien, Leader of the Council, said: “Jeff has played an instrumental role in ensuring that the services that we plan and put in place for local people meets their needs, are value for the taxpayers’ money, offer good outcomes and reduce inequalities.  Under his chairmanship, we have seen the CCG become fully integrated with Bury Council which means we can now plan care together, overcoming any organisational boundaries that might have existed in the past.  Jeff’s contributions have set us in good stead for the future of health and care commissioning here in Bury. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues, but we wish him all the very best for the future.”

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DATE: 5 July 2021