A leading emergency medicine doctor has joined the governing body of NHS West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Alastair Wilson founded the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, now London’s Air Ambulance.
During the 7/7 bombings in 2005, he was responsible for the disaster response at the Royal London Hospital, after which he was awarded the OBE for services to medicine.
Colleagues described him as a “legend” when he retired from full time medicine in 2013.
He is now Medical Director of East Anglian Air Ambulance, which is based in Norfolk and teaches trauma medicine at the Royal London Hospital one day a week.
Dr Wilson was appointed to the CCG Governing Body in his capacity as a ‘secondary care doctor’.
Each CCG is required to have a secondary care doctor on its Governing Body, who can bring their insights and experience of acute hospitals and further experience of direct patient care to CCG decision making.
He succeeds Dr Paul Jenkins who stepped down after three years’ service to the CCG, earlier this year.
Dr Wilson said: “I am very much looking forward to getting stuck in to this new role. Ihope I will be able to help ensure excellent health care delivery to my local community.”
The chairman of NHS West Norfolk CCG, Dr Ian Mack said: “I am delighted to welcome Alastair Wilson as the Secondary Care Doctor on the Governing Body of West Norfolk CCG.
“He has exceptional experience in urgent and emergency surgery and medicine which will will be pivotal in the work of the CCG as we go forward in delivering improved health care over the next two years.
“His insight both from UK and international research into what works best for patient outcomes and safety will be vital.”
Dr Wilson is married to Joanna. They have four children. They have lived in WestNorfolk for 20 years. He began his role on Monday.