Dr Ken Aswani becomes Chair of Waltham Forest CCG

Dr Ken Aswani becomes Chair of Waltham Forest CCG
Dr Aswani

NHS Waltham Forest CCG today appointed Dr Ken Aswani as the new Chair of the Governing Body. Dr Ken Aswani is an experienced local GP and has been the CCG’s Clinical Director for Leyton & Leytonstone for the last three years, involved - among other things - in the commissioning of three urgent care treatment centres across the Barts Health sites.

Dr Aswani is a member of Waltham Forest’s Health and Wellbeing Board, and Chair of the Better Care Together Board looking to develop integrated care arrangements across agencies in the borough.

He is also involved in the broader transition of the health economy working closely at a north east London level and is on the transition board aligning the three CCGs of Waltham Forest, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

 “We are delighted to appoint Dr Aswani as our new Chair,” said CCG Managing Director Selina Douglas. “Ken is a well-respected local GP and with his in-depth experience of health in Waltham Forest plus his dynamic partnership with our health and care partners both locally and across north east London, this gives us a great opportunity to really make a difference to the health of patients and local people.”

Dr Aswani said: “It’s so important to get health and care right for people at their local level, and also to link with our partners across north east London to deliver integrated and high quality care for all. Our new Primary Care Networks will allow more integrated working with the hospital, community and social services, and I am excited about the possibilities that this opens up.”

NHS Waltham Forest CCG also appointed three further GP members to the Governing Body in May 2019.

  • Dr Shalini Kawar - appointed the Clinical Director for Walthamstow. She has been working at St James Medical Practice since 2010, with an interest in patients with vulnerabilities including new mothers and babies.
  • Dr Johra Alam – appointed the Clinical Director for Chingford. She has been the Clinical Lead for urgent care for the past seven years and has helped to improve services such as the referral line, ambulatory care and the community DVT pathway.
  • Dr Thaven Chetty – appointed the Clinical Director for Leyton/Leytonstone. He has worked as a Waltham Forest GP for over eight years and has held clinical director roles in respiratory, prescribing and digital, and is active in GP education.

In addition, as part of working closer together with neighbouring CCGs, it has been agreed there be a job share for the Board Nurse role with Newham CCG and Tower Hamlets CCG, and two experienced nurses have been appointed to share the new role. Fiona Smith has been appointed the Board Nurse for quality, and Maggie Buckell has been appointed the Board Nurse for safeguarding.