A week in the life of...

I’m lucky enough to work in a varied and interesting role that involves speaking at national conferences, talking to stakeholders about the future of care locally and seeing patients at my surgery. No one week is ever the same, but that’s what I enjoy the most. 

So what is my role? I’m a doctor at The Roxton Practice in Immingham, where I have been practising for nearly 21 years, and I’m the Accountable Officer of NHS North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, also known as CCG. The roles aren’t too dissimilar; ultimately it’s about keeping people well and making sure that they get the right care when they need it.

I’m usually at my surgery four out of five days, but next week’s a little different.

I’ll be seeing patients as soon as the surgery opens its doors at 8.30am on Monday. I can see up to 20 patients in a morning before the weekly practice meeting over lunch. Afterwards I’ll be joining the senior team from North East Lincolnshire Council to look at ways our organisations can work together to keep local people healthy. Later in the afternoon I’ll join colleagues from the north of England on a regular teleconference before spending my Monday evening standing on the sidelines of a (probably very cold) ruby pitch watching my lad and his teammates training.

It will be an early start on Tuesday with a journey to Manchester for a national conference in medical leadership. But I’m not just attending; I will be answering questions on bringing about change in the NHS in my capacity as Chair of NHS Commissioning Assembly. The conference lasts all day so it will be a late finish too.

On Wednesday I’ll be back in the surgery seeing patients again throughout the morning until I catch up with the rest of the team to talk about any clinical issues. Later I’ll meet with the senior team from the CCG. We use this time to look at areas that are not working as well as they should and what we can do to improve them.

The following day I’ll be in Scunthorpe listening to stakeholder feedback on the Healthy Lives, Healthy Futures programme. This is just one of many meetings over the last year which has helped to form the basis of our public consultation which launches in June.

The CCG’s monthly partnership board is meeting on Thursday afternoon where board members discuss the strategic priorities for the organisation. The board meet every month and open these meetings to public every other month, anyone is welcome to come and listen to the discussions and there’s an opportunity to ask questions too.

Dr Peter Melton
Chief Clinical Officer and GP at The Roxton Practice

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