Dr Andrew Girdher has been successfully voted in as the new Clinical Chair for the new Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group. 

Following an endorsement from 61 per cent of GP practices across the region, Dr Girdher now sit on the CCG's Governing Body, following the merger of the individual CCGs in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire on Wednesday 1 April.

Although Andrew will not start his new role until this date, he is already working with new Governing Body colleagues to shape the role and develop future priorities.

Currently a GP Partner at Box Surgery in Corsham, Andrew has previously worked as a salaried GP in Bath and, before that, a portfolio GP in London.  

He is currently Chair of the North and East Wiltshire locality, as well as the CCG lead for diabetes in Wiltshire, the GP Federation in North Wiltshire and the sustainability and transformation lead for primary care.

Andrew is also an established trainer, GP appraiser and Senior Medical Officer at the Ministry of Defence in Corsham.

As well as having extensive experience in this country, Andrew has worked in different healthcare systems around the world, including Canada and India, where he volunteered for a charity that supports girls from under-privileged backgrounds to access education and healthcare.

Andrew said: “I’m delighted to have received the backing from GPs across BSW to take up this role.

“I feel privileged to have been given this opportunity and I’m looking forward to representing the GP voice and helping to shape future strategy so we have a health and care system for GPs and patients that is fit for the future.

"I’m also looking forward to talking to and meeting colleagues across primary care to get a good overview of their own hopes for the future during this crucial time in the development of our local health and care system.”