Introducing John Parkes..
Professor John Parkes is Chief Executive of NHS Milton Keynes and NHS Northamptonshire Cluster PCTs. The role of the Cluster, operational since 1 June 2011, is to ensure capacity and capability are maintained whilst developing and supporting clinical commissioning groups with the aim of them receiving authorisation in 2013 from the NHS Commissioning Board. The Cluster has a budget of £1.4bn and includes 107 GP practices and 108 dental practices. It is co-terminus with Northamptonshire County Council and Milton Keynes Council, the latter being a unitary authority.The Cluster oversees the commissioning of health services for a population of approximately one million residents. John Parkes was Chief Executive of NHS Northamptonshire since 2006, one of the largest PCTs in England and recognised for two years in a row by the Department of Health as a top performing organisation.
Northamptonshire has long been at the forefront nationally of developing GP commissioning with the PCT setting up Nene Commissioning in 2007. Nene has grown to be one of the most advanced and successful clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and was awarded first wave Pathfinder status by the Department of Health in 2010. Its membership includes the majority of GP practices in Northamptonshire and it has eight localities, each with a GP Chair and from 2011/12 each locality with have its own shadow budget and delivery plan. The second clinical commissioning group in Northamptonshire is Corby Healthcare, which was established as a separate consortia in 2011, and covers seven GP practices who all provide care for the residents of Corby in the north east of the county. In Milton Keynes there is one clinical commissioning group: MK Commissioning covering all the GP practices in Milton Keynes.
John is working to ensure a stable and strong transition to full clinical commissioning in 2013 and the Cluster aims to develop the most successful clinical commissioning groups in the country.
Working in collaboration with NHS organisations across Bedfordshire, Luton, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire John Parkes is leading Healthier Together. This ambitious programme aims to ensure that the health services across this area is able to the challenges of a growing and ageing population. To do this and ensure the best possible healthcare for local residents, that is also the best value for money, some of our services are going to have to change. See here for more information about how you can get involved and help shape future health services.
Finally, to find out more about NHS Northamptonshire and its innovative campaigns to encourage healthier livestyles, please visit http://www.northamptonshire.nhs.uk/johnparkes or find out more about John Parkes.