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Dr Liz Pope - a tribute :

It was with great sorrow and a profound sense of loss that we had to share with you the news of Liz Popeís death.
Liz was a valued colleague and a great friend, whose generous spirit and positive outlook made her enormously popular with patients, staff in her practice and the people she worked with at the CCG.
She was dedicated to doing the very best for all her patients but her vision as a CCG leader went much wider than that. She was determined to make a difference for the better to people across Dudley borough and beyond.
As a direct result of Lizís wider work, first for the PCT and then with the CCG, hundreds of people have survived life threatening illnesses who might otherwise have died Ė and thousands more have enjoyed the benefit of better, safer, more patient focussed care in hospital and in the community.
Liz joined Dudley Primary Care Trust in 2006. She was the borough-wide clinical lead for developing stroke services. She was a member of her practice-based commissioning cluster.
In 2010 she became the PCTís lead for long term conditions.
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As the restructuring of the NHS began, and work began in earnest to establish clinically led commissioning,
in October 2011 Liz was elected to the board of the new Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group, taking on
the role of Clinical Executive for Safety and Quality in February 2012.
During her time with the PCT and the CCG, Liz was a major contributor to some of our most significant
achievements, including:
 Dudley CCG named as the leading Commissioning Organisation in the country in 2011
 The establishment of a local dementia service, which has provided invaluable help and support for
people living with dementia and their carers.
 National recognition for our COPD programme
 Our pioneering role in introducing atrial fibulation work to general practice
 Empowering patients to take more control over their care by establishing Expert Patient
Programmes for dementia, COPD and stroke.
 In partnership with clinical colleagues from Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, delivering
important and sustainable improvements in safety and quality in a range of hospital and community
healthcare services.
Lizís lasting legacy will be that as a result of her hard work and enthusiasm, health care in Dudley is much
better in many ways than it was when she joined us.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who stepped in to offer help, support and sympathy in
the very difficult days following Lizís death. We now have to face the challenge of finding suitable
candidates to continue her work.
We are also reflecting on how we might do something in Lizís memory as a lasting reminder of everything
that was good about her.
Lizís funeral will take place in Claverley Church at 12:30 on Wednesday 11 December 2013.
For anyone planning to attend, Lizís husband Trevor has requested that ladies wear Ascot-style hats and
the men red carnations. Flowers from family only please, any donations to Riding for the Disabled

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