NHS boss Janet Probert officially stands down

Janet Probert.

The boss of NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (HRW CCG) has stepped down after responsibility for North Yorkshire’s CCGs was handed to a single officer.

Amanda Bloor, chief officer of NHS Harrogate and Rural District CCG (HaRD CCG), had been appointed as accountable officer of the three CGS, which also includes Scarborough and Ryedale CCG.

Amanda will lead a shared leadership team across the three CCGs.

After a career in the NHS spanning over 35 years , Janet officially stepped down on November 30.

Janet has lived in Richmondshire for a number of years and prior to the CCG, worked in various senior nursing and executive roles across North Yorkshire.

Having trained as a nurse and midwife in London, she then travelled extensively and worked in Australia and Asia before returning to senior nursing posts initially in London.

Janet has held posts including director of nursing, managing director for community and mental health services, director in an acute foundation trust and a director of partnership commissioning across health and social care.

In 2012 Janet was awarded the Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholarship for nurses who show top leadership potential.

Janet said: “It has been a great privilege to be part of such a hardworking and values-based organisation. We have achieved a great deal together with increased focus on community services, bringing services closer to home where it is safe to do so, and challenging the system to do things better.

“It hasn’t always been easy and we have learned much along the way.

“The CCG has been completely focused on developing and improving care for the people of Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby areas and it will continue to do so. The CCG is a fantastic team of people and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time there.

“Great progress has been made to strengthen partnership working across both North Yorkshire and the North East to address challenges and make opportunities.

“As a local resident I am sure I will still be part of this in some way but for now, I am looking forward to what the future holds.”

Dr Charles Parker, clinical chair of HRW CCG, said: “We’re incredibly sad to say goodbye to Janet as our chief officer.

“On behalf of the governing body and CCG staff, I would like to sincerely thank Janet for her tenacity, optimistic attitude and willingness to do the right thing for the patient.

“She has been a pleasure to work alongside and we will miss her kind and inspiring leadership.

“It’s imperative that organisations across the NHS landscape think creatively about how we can ensure every pound spent is spent well.

“This new approach will help us deliver more sustainability by allowing us to think across the health care system, while retaining our responsiveness to local need. We’re very much looking forward to working with Amanda and the new senior leadership team, when in place.”