Health chief takes up interim role

Richard Parry, who will take over as chief officer of the CCG next month.

Richard Parry, who will take over as chief officer of the CCG next month.

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The organisation that delivers healthcare services across the district is preparing to welcome a new interim boss.

Richard Parry has been named as the new chief officer for NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

His appointment comes as Chris Dowse, who currently holds the role, announced she will retire at the end of the month.

Mr Parry will serve in the key leadership post for a 12-month period, while continuing his job as director for commissioning, public health and adult social care at Kirklees Council.

The CCG hopes the appointment will help the organisation and council work closer together in the future.

Mr Parry said: “Bringing our health and social care services closer together is essential if we are to provide the best possible care and support for local people.

“The aim is to provide seamless access to the services that support local residents to be happier, healthier and to live independently in their homes for longer.

“This is something that I have a strong personal commitment towards and I know both the council and the CCG share my determination to make work.”

CCG chairman Dr David Kelly also endorsed Mr Parry’s appointment.

The CCG will make plans over the next 12 months to find a permanent appointment for the chief officer role.

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