Staffordshire Doctors Urgent Care (SDUC) has appointed a new team of clinical experts to manage the NHS 111 and GP out-of-hours services across the county.
SDUC was recently confirmed as the preferred bidder to deliver NHS 111 services for the Staffordshire region, commencing from October 2015, having delivered the service since November 2013.
SDUC is expanding its local team and has appointed Christine Oliver as Head of Region, A registered general nurse, Mrs. Oliver has worked in healthcare in the Staffordshire area for the past 28 years. She has previously worked in clinical roles across the county, in both hospitals and within the community. Before joining SDUC, she was Urgent Care Lead, supporting the six Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups operating across the county.
Mrs. Oliver will be supported by Local Clinical Directors, Dr. Raju Valasapalli, a local GP, and Dr. Peter Jones, also a local GP and who has been involved in GP out-of-hours for nearly 20 years and was previously a GP appraiser.
Commenting on her appointment, Chris Oliver said: "The re-procurement of the 111 service is great news for SDUC and the Staffordshire population and I look forward to helping to provide a truly integrated Urgent Care service in Staffordshire. I have worked in a range of healthcare roles across the county and have a great passion for ensuring patient focused quality health care."
John Harrison, chief executive of SDUC, said: "Chris, and all our team, know the Staffordshire area very well and are committed to delivering high quality clinical healthcare to patients. We are growing our team of local clinical experts to reduce the burden on A&E services by delivering urgent care to patients when they need it, freeing up emergency departments for life threatening cases."