New chief nurse appointed

New chief nurse appointed

NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has appointed a new chief nurse to its board.

Claire Heneghan brings with her more than 30 years of experience in health and social care and takes over from Helen Clarke who withdrew her place on the commissioning board due to other work commitments.

Having held the position of chief nurse at NHS Trafford, Claire joins the CCG from Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust where she worked as chief nurse and divisional director.

Claire also spent a number of years in additional nursing and management roles.

As part of her new role at NHS West Lancashire CCG, Claire will add a nurse’s perspective to healthcare planning, champion patient engagement and strive for quality improvement to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients.

Claire, who was educated at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital School of Nursing, said: “I am committed to and passionate about ensuring patients and carers receive the best possible care from the NHS. I hope to bring that passion and experience to ensure safe, quality care delivery is at the forefront of commissioning intentions at NHS West Lancashire CCG. With that in mind, I cannot wait to begin.

“It is important that we involve our patients in the complex decisions that are going to have to be made as we sustain and develop our health and social care in the local community.”

Dr John Caine, NHS West Lancashire CCG Chair, said: “We are delighted that Claire is joining the board at NHS West Lancashire CCG.

“Claire brings with her a wealth of experience in health and social care from a number of strategic and leadership roles as well as experience in commissioning health care to the communities that she has worked in. It is important that we, as a board, combine the experiences, passions and expertise that Claire will bring with our other experienced staff members as we continue to strive to enhance healthcare in our local community.”