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New head of region for Somerset 111 and GP out-of-hours services

Press Release April 2016

Somerset Doctors Urgent Care (SDUC) has appointed a new head of region to manage the NHS 111 and GP out-of-hours services across the county.

The company delivers an out-of-hours primary care service in Somerset and also manages the NHS 111 service throughout the county.

Rachel Vokes

SDUC is expanding its local team and has appointed Rachel Vokes as head of region. Mrs Vokes has worked in the NHS for over 20 years (in the South West since 2007) with the majority of this time in operational management. She will work closely with other local healthcare organisations to ensure the efficient management of urgent care across the county.

Mrs Vokes will be supported by Local Clinical Director, Dr David Fenwick, a local GP who works part time in urgent care, having previously been a GP partner in the North East.

Commenting on her appointment, Rachel Vokes said: "I am relishing the new challenge at SDUC, not least leading a talented team to do the best job possible for patients. My aim is to ensure that people in Somerset can get access to the correct level of urgent care, while relieving pressure on A&E departments."

John Harrison, chief executive of SDUC, said: "Rachel has a wealth of experience and it is great to welcome her to the company.

"We are growing our team of local experts to reduce the burden on emergency department services by delivering urgent care to patients when they need it, freeing up EDs for life threatening cases. SDUC works closely with other healthcare organisations in the area to ensure that patients always receive high quality clinical healthcare."

SDUC has a range of exciting job opportunities, both professional and administrative, for more information visit www.somersetduc.nhs.uk/recruitment.php