Dr Sarah Bruen has been appointed as the interim Clinical Chair of Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group.

A GP with more than 10 years’ experience of working with patients in and around Swindon, Dr Bruen will take on the role with immediate effect.

The appointment was made following the resignation of previous Clinical Chair, Dr Peter Mack.

As Clinical Chair, Dr Bruen will be responsible for representing the views and opinions of GPs to the CCG Governing Body, as well as ensuring that all decisions made by the Governing Body have patients’ best interests at heart.

Already a member of the CCG’s Governing Body, Dr Bruen’s appointment will not impact on her current clinical duties at Westrop Surgery in Highworth.

Nicki Millin, Accountable Officer, Swindon CCG, said: “I am extremely pleased that Dr Bruen has agreed to take on the role of Interim Clinical Chair.

“Being the voice of Swindon’s GPs at the Governing Body table requires somebody with a wealth of local knowledge and expertise, as well as somebody with a strong desire to do what is best for our population, and Dr Bruen ticks both these boxes.

“I look forward to building on our already close working relationship and wish Dr Bruen every success in this new role.”

Dr Sarah Bruen, Interim Clinical Chair, Swindon CCG, said: “Taking on this new role is a real privilege as it enables me to not only speak up for my clinical colleagues, but to also champion the views of patients across Swindon.

“This is an important time in the history of the NHS, especially given the recent publication of the Long Term Plan, and I am very excited at the prospect of working with both staff and patients on making changes and improvements locally that deliver on the pledges included within the national plan.”