Who is on the Western Locality board
We have six elected members and one co-opted member (all seven are able to vote).
Dr Steve Harris
Steve is a partner at Beacon Medical Group. He trained in London and qualified from The London Hospital Medical College in 1995.
Steve is interested in engaging the GP membership in the locality to help commission high-quality healthcare for patients. He also aspires to increase the dialogue between clinicians in primary and secondary care and by doing so influence how care is provided sustainably in the future.
Dr Peter von Eichstorff
Dr Peter von Eichstorff brings a wealth of experience to NEW Devon CCG, having trained as a GP in Devon, worked in several parts of the UK and spent time in America working as a ship's medical officer. He has also spent 3 years in hospital and the community specialising in care of the elderly.
He has a significant amount of experience in health politics having been a commissioning lead whilst living and working in Oxford.
Peter currently works as a GP at Budshead Health Centre so is fully versed in the issues facing patients in the North of the city. Budshead Health Centre is currently exploring opportunities to develop a Well Being Community Hub within the Four Greens site, so Peter is at the forefront of service development and new ways of caring for our patients.
Dr Rachel Tyler
Rachel graduated from Nottingham Medical School in 1997 and completed her vocational training in Derby.
She has been a partner at Chard Road Surgery in St Budeaux for the last 10 years and has been senior partner for the last three years. She has an interest in women's health and is the lead GP on the women's health clinical pathway group. She also has been a regular GP referral facilitator at Devon Referral and Support Service (DRSS) for the past four years, primarily involved with gynaecology referrals.
She is keen that the CCG engages with all GPs and fosters strong links between primary and secondary care.
Rachel works part time, combining general practice with raising her three children.
Dr Tom Davies
Tom is a GP Partner at Yealm Medical Centre, Yealmpton.
He graduated from Edinburgh Medical School in 2001 and has worked in hospital posts in Western Australia and New Zealand before returning to Edinburgh to complete his GP training in 2007. He moved to Devon in 2009 and joined Yealm Medical Centre in 2010.
Tom is a GP Trainer and Academic Tutor for Peninsula Medical School. He has also been a GP Referral Facilitator for Devon Referral and Support Service (DRSS) for the past two years.
As a new clinical member of the Board, Tom is particularly keen to represent the interests of the patients and GP membership of South Hams and West Devon within the Western locality of the CCG.
Dr Christian Gossel
Christian trained at Aix La Chapelle/Aachen Medical School. He has done most of his postgraduate training in the UK from 1999, GP training in Cambridge Deanery 2001.
Christian is a GP Trainer and is working as a Partner in Wycliffe Surgery in Plymouth since 2011. He has an interest in gastro-enterology and is the lead GP on the gastro-enterology related clinical pathway group for the Western Locality.
He is keen to improve the cooperation between GPs and the hospital and bring their consultants and services into the community.
Christian has a experience in leading innovation in an fiscally tightly controlled commercial environment . He was head of a process design and development department in a large international engineering company before training as a doctor.
And five executive representatives (all of whom are able to vote).
Chief finance officer
Ben is chief finance officer for the CCG’s Western PDU. He has worked in the NHS for 24 years and was the director of finance for NHS Plymouth from 2007.
His aim is to build a stable and sustainable healthcare system for the patients of the Western Locality.
Strategic Director for people (Plymouth City Council)
Carole Burgoyne grew up in Plymouth and first joined Devon County Council as a frontline social worker in 1978. In 1992 Carole moved into management and is now the strategic director for people with responsibilities including adults’ and childrens' social care, co-operative commissioning, education, learner and family support, homes and communities.
She wants to see joined up services for local residents which promote the health and wellbeing of individuals.
Interim director of public health (Plymouth City Council)
Ruth is currently Interim Director of Public Health. Previously she was a Consultant in Public Health at Plymouth City Council, taking a lead role in disease prevention. Ruth completed her consultant training in 2014, based in the West Midlands, where she worked on a range of different public health issues spanning the three areas of public health; health protection, health improvement and healthcare public health.
Ruth has a background of over 12 years in healthcare, working in commissioning and service improvement, and brought to those roles both academic and applied skills from a former career in physics.
Ruth’s main interest is to work across the health and social care system to improve outcomes for the population, in particular to reduce the differences seen in health outcomes across different groups in our population.