Health leader chosen to sit on new board

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A Erewash health leader has been appointed to an influential national body.

Rakesh Marwaha, chief officer of NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has been elected by East Midlands CCGs to represent them on the first board of NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC).

The body is the independent membership organisation of clinical commissioning groups.

Mr Marwaha’s election recognises a string of achievements by the CCG since it was authorised in April last year. It has been short-listed for three awards by the Health Services Journal, and been highly commended on its work to reduce health inequalities.

It also bid successfully to the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund for more investment in primary and community care.

More effective community healthcare has enabled the CCG to reduce hospital referrals by 14 per cent. By employing extra pharmacists to help its 12 GP practices,it has enabled better use of prescription drugs to reduce the harm caused to patients by cholesterol.