[A] former police chief superintendent has been appointed the Chair of the Governing Body for NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Jon Rush has served as a lay member with responsibility for public and patient engagement for NHS Cumbria CCG since 2012.
The organisation advertised for a new Chair in February ahead of boundary change which sees the creation of the new organisation on April 1 2017.
Stephen Childs, chief executive of NHS North Cumbria CCG, said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Jon Rush to the position of Chair for NHS North Cumbria CCG.
“Jon is an experienced lay member of the CCG, having led on public and patient engagement for a number of years, and combines a detailed knowledge of the west, north and east Cumbria healthcare system with a genuine passion to make a lasting difference and a burning ambition to move as quickly as it is safe to do so.
“Add to this Jon’s unquestionable leadership skills demonstrated in previous very senior public offices, means we have the ideal Chair to guide our Governing Body through the exciting challenges ahead.”
Jon, who lives in Stainton near Penrith, said: “I am extremely proud and honoured to have been selected for the role. Having been with the CCG since it was created I am acutely aware of the challenges that we face in delivering a safe and sustainable health service for our community.
“The last few months have demonstrated how concerned our communities are about ensuring we have the best possible health care in the future. This is recognised by all the health care providers, local authorities and the CCG and we need to develop the public’s involvement in designing and shaping our future services.
“I am sure we can do this together in a constructive and thoughtful way and hope it helps to rebuild the trust and confidence of the public in health services in west, north and east Cumbria.”
Jon Rush joined Greater Manchester Police in 2007 after spending 24 years working for Cumbria Constabulary where he became Deputy Commander for North Cumbria.
He left Greater Manchester Police in September 2013 after 30 years service.
He added: “We know there is a lot of hard work ahead and it will require the health, social care and voluntary services in our area to work with the support and buy in of all our politicians, communities and business leaders to achieve success.”