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Chair of Wokingham CCG Retires

Stephen Madgwick, the chairman of Wokingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is retiring from the NHS and will leave the CCG on 19 January.

He will be succeeded by Dr Johan Zylstra, who is currently a GP member of the Governing Body.

Speaking about the decision, Stephen said: "I have really enjoyed my years in the NHS – both as a GP and most recently as a commissioner. I will be sad to leave all my colleagues and friends at the CCG, but I'm confident that the CCG is well placed to deal with the health challenges of the future.

Stephen led the formation of the CCG in 2012 and has been a partner at the Brookside Group practice since 1985. He has been instrumental in ensuring the CCG play an active and full part in the Berkshire West federation of CCGs. He has helped the CCGs develop a more comprehensive strategy for Child and Adult Mental Health Services, started thinking around clustering of practices around neighbourhoods, and helped the NHS system maintain good access to GP and hospital services.

"I believe Johan is well placed to continue this work and bring his own unique expertise and experience to the Governing Body."

Incoming chairman Dr Johan Zylstra said: "Since becoming chair of the CCG in 2012 Stephen has worked to ensure that the voices and views of patients, carers and the public are fully taken into account in planning and delivering local health services. He has worked tirelessly, with colleagues, to deliver real and lasting achievements around co-commissioning of healthcare services and specialist primary care."

"I would like to thank Stephen for his commitment and vision in commissioning healthcare for local people. His experience and knowledge of the region has been invaluable and he will be missed by us all."

Dr Johan Zylstra is a GP Partner at the Finchampstead Surgery and has been involved in commissioning for nearly six years.

Stephen will continue some work for the CCG around Child and Adult Mental Health Services (CAMHS), but hopes retirement will allow him to spend more time on the ski slopes and indulging his passion for cricket!

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