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HISTORY has been made as NHS Milton Keynes and NHS Northamptonshire held their first joint board meeting as one of the new PCT clusters.

The meeting of the new ‘cluster board’ was held at NHS Northamptonshire’s headquarters in Northampton last week.

Across the country, PCTs are pooling resources under new working arrangements to oversee the development of clinical commissioning groups and to ensure capacity and capability are maintained during the transition to full GP commissioning.

The Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes Cluster was officially formed in June.

Professor John Parkes is the chief executive and Professor William Pope the chairman.

Items discussed at the new board included the Milton Keynes Public Health Annual Report, and the new three year Northamptonshire Carers Strategy.

Professor Pope welcomed the board members and thanked outgoing board members from both NHS Milton Keynes and NHS Northamptonshire.

He said: “We are delighted to hold our first board meeting as a cluster and I would like to welcome all the members and non-executive members to the cluster board.

“I would also like it to be recorded that we owe a debt of gratitude to all our board members, both existing and outgoing, for helping us to make this an exemplar cluster both regionally and nationally in terms of governance arrangements.”

It was also the final board meeting for Dr David Brown, outgoing chairman of the Northamptonshire Clinical Cabinet.

He said: “I have been involved with PCTs and, before them, PCGs (Primary Care Groups) since their inception, so this really is the end of an era for me. We need to have our wisest and best clinicians at the head of our local commissioning organisations and never before have clinicians had to make such difficult decisions in terms of resources and treating patients. I am moving on to allow other colleagues to take up positions in the new structure.”