Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group has appointed Sally Sandcraft as its first ever Director of Primary and Community Care, following a national recruitment process.

Sally has worked for the CCG since its inception and has been Interim Director of Primary and Community Care since February 2018.   Her background is in nursing and senior management.

Having qualified as a registered nurse in 1989, Sally worked in a hospital setting before pursing her real passion on to work in the community. She became a District Nursing Sister and then moved from nursing into a number of management roles, including becoming a Director of Operations and Nursing. Since 2009, Sally has held commissioning posts at director level in the former Primary Care Trust and the CCG. She has a Master’s Degree in managing and leading in a health and social care environment.

During her career with the CCG, Sally has built strong foundations for partnership working across all NHS and local authority organisations as Dorset moves towards becoming an integrated care system.  In particular, she has worked closely with Dr Karen Kirkham, the CCG’s Clinical Lead, to bring together all the local organisations and teams involved in integrating community health services and

primary care across Dorset.  She has a strong focus on quality, clinical and patient and public engagement and joint working with the Local Authorities to support a culture of continuous quality improvement and transformation.

Tim Goodson, Chief Officer for the CCG, said ‘I’m extremely pleased to welcome Sally to this new post as she has the technical and professional experience needed to work collaboratively to get the best outcomes for the people of Dorset.  I am grateful to all the stakeholder representatives who took part in the selection process.’

Sally commented: ‘I’m delighted and proud to be appointed as the Director of Primary and Community Care. I am passionate about the successful delivery of the portfolio of responsibilities to improve primary, community and mental health services. They are fundamental to our ambitions in Dorset and the opportunities to do this as an integrated system are real and exciting. I am looking forward to working with my team and partners to achieve this.’