Black Country and West Birmingham CCGs appoint Chair Designate to support merger application

Dr Salma Reehana

Dr Salma Reehana has been appointed by the four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) – Dudley CCG, Walsall CCG, Wolverhampton CCG and Sandwell & West Birmingham CCG, as Interim Chair Designate for the future Black Country and West Birmingham (BCWB) CCG.

The Chair Designate role is an interim position to lead the recruitment to the new CCG Governing Body and support the planning for the start of the Black Country and West Birmingham CCG on 1 April 2021. Current CCG Chairs remain in their role until 31 March 2021.

Dr Salma Reehana, said today, “I am really pleased to be appointed as the Chair Designate for Black Country and West Birmingham CCG. There is a lot of work to do before April and one of the first steps is to get the foundation strong for the new CCG to function. I will be working very closely with the existing Chairs and the Executive team to get this right and am very pleased to be working with such a fantastic team of people who have worked so hard during extremely difficult times in getting us to where we are now.”

Paul Maubach, Chief Executive for BCWB CCGs, said: “I’m delighted that Dr Salma Reehana, who is a very experienced local GP, is taking up this role as the clinical leader for our new organization, bringing together our existing four CCGs into one.

“Our primary focus at the moment is coordinating our response to the pandemic and working with all our partners across health and social care in each of our towns and boroughs to improve the health outcomes for the 1.5 million people in the Black Country and West Birmingham. Dr Reehana will ensure that our new Governing Body has the right leadership and focus to succeed.”

Dr Reehana has been the Clinical Chair for Wolverhampton CCG since October 2017. She is a GP partner with Health and Beyond Group which covers 10 practices in Wolverhampton. Salma has a strong background in training and education and was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal College of General Practitioners in recognition of her work in GP education. She is a firm believer in collaborative working between different parts of the health economy.