New Clinical Director for West Lothian CHCP

Dr. James McCallum has been appointed the new Clinical Director for the West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP).

James has been heavily involved in healthcare in West Lothian for many years having worked as a GP in the Bathgate Primary Care Centre since 1993.

Currently a member of the extended management team he moved on to be GP Lead in 1999, working between hospitals and primary care in diabetes and respiratory services, where he continues to work locally and throughout the CHCP.

Theresa Douglas, Chair, West Lothian CHCP said:

“I am delighted with James’ appointment. James has extensive experience in healthcare and will play a key role in continuing the success of the CHCP in his new role.
“Having worked as a GP in West Lothian for many years his knowledge of the area and of the CHCP will prove invaluable moving forward.”

Dr. James McCallum, Clinical Director, West Lothian CHCP, said:

 “I am looking forward to the new challenges this role will bring. It is an exciting prospect and one which I can’t wait to start.
“I’m fully committed to helping develop the excellent work which has already been achieved within the West Lothian CHCP team.”

Amongst other work, Dr. McCallum has been involved in the development and governance of the Lothian substance misuse contract in primary care and has led the development of the triage system and supporting toolkit (for mild to moderate mental health problems), helping patients to access services more efficiently.

Ellen Glass, West Lothian’s Executive councillor for health and care, said:

 “Dr. McCallum has played a valuable role within the CHCP for a number of years, and I’m sure healthcare in West Lothian will benefit from his experience further in this senior role.” 
26/11/2010