Dr O’Brien has been a local GP in Chester-le-Street for over 20 years. He has developed a special interest in cardiology and has previously worked as a GP with special interest in this area. Neil is the Senior Responsible Officer lead for the regional demand management work stream and Breast Cancer. Neil is a practicing clinician which strengthens his influence with local practices and other clinicians. Neil is also the Chief Clinical Officer for 4 other CCG’s that work collaboratively as part of a shared management arrangement in County Durham and the Tees Valley. Neil is a member of the Integrated Care System (ICS) management group representing the needs of local populations as Cumbria and the North East progress to become a shadow ICS.
Nicola was the acting Chief Executive for Hartlepool Borough Council and has previously held posts such as Director of Child and Adult Services. Nicola began her early career by training and working as a nurse in the NHS before moving to working in integrated services between the NHS and the Local Government in Cheshire. With over 20 years of working in a managerial and leadership capacity within health and Local Government she has had extensive experience of managing and leading organisations through change, developing integrated services and solutions and working at a senior board level. Nicola was the shared Chief Operating Officer between North Durham CCG and DDES CCG prior to the development of the shared management arrangement for the 5 CCGs in the southern collaborative.
Dr Posmyk qualified as a doctor in Leeds in 1981 and became a GP in Hartlepool from 1986 where he still practices while living in Wolviston.
He gradually became interested in medical management via the Diabetes Local Implementation Team, and then joined the Hartlepool PCT Professional Executive Committee. He then became a representative on the Hartlepool PBC Group prior to becoming Chair. Dr Posmyk was elected to be the Locality GP Representative and Chair of the then Hartlepool Shadow Pathfinder Committee and has now been elected to his third term as the Chair of the Governing Body for the CCG.
He gained an understanding of more general issues affecting healthcare while working for several years on the SEQIHS and follow-on Better Health programmes looking at planning of healthcare in the wider Darlington, Dales, Durham and Tees areas.
From July 2018 he has also been elected to serve as Chair of Darlington CCG, and has started regular sessions at the Rockliffe Court Surgery, Hurworth in July 2018.
Dr Janet Walker – Medical Director
Janet has previously been a South Tees CCG Governing Body Member and Chair however since June 2019 was successfully recruited to the role of Medical Director working across the Tees Valley CCGs; Darlington CCG, Hartlepool and Stockton on Tees CCG and South Tees CCG.
Dr Walker has specialist interests in medicines optimisation, palliative care and children and young people. Since becoming Chair she has been working to increase patient and public engagement, with amongst others, the locality Patient Participation Groups (PPG) and the Patient and Public Advisory Group (PPAG). She is passionate about partnership working.
Dr Walker has been a Teesside GP working in Eston since 1998. She played an active role in Practice Based Commissioning (PBC) as group chair, before becoming the lead for the Greater Eston Pathfinder.
Dr Nevison qualified from the University of Aberdeen in 2000 before completing further medical training in Inverness and Middlesbrough. He has been a GP in Darlington since 2006 working as a Partner in Denmark Street Surgery. He is a GP trainer in the Durham, Tees Valley GP training scheme and does regular sessions in Darlington Urgent Care Centre. He was voted into his role as Non-Executive GP in January 2018 after working with the CCG on projects such as the RIACT service for frail elderly patients.