A PUBLIC health chief is retiring after 39 years.
Peter Rowe spent eight years as the Chief Executive of Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Primary Care Trust (now NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan) and has been involved in healthcare since 1974.
Peter, 59, pictured right, who was born in Wigan, originally qualified as a pharmacist and has held posts in hospitals, the community and in Health Authorities in most regions in England.
In 1989 he took on general management responsibility for Primary Care development in North Liverpool and became Regional Director of Primary Care in 1995.
The creation of Regional Offices led to him spending six years in the Civil Service covering jobs in Performance Management, Clinical Audit, Primary Care and Partnerships with Local Authorities.
Later, in 2002 Peter became Chief Executive of Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Primary Care Trust. For eight years, Peter led a team charged with transforming the health prospects for people in his home town and across the borough.
Last year, as part of the national Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) programme, Peter agreed to lead the work stream for Medicines Use and Procurement and subsequently joined the Department of Health national QIPP Team on a full time basis in January this year.
Peter is married with three daughters, a son and an eight week old granddaughter, Evie Grace.
He now plans to spend more time with his family and pursue personal interests including walking, cooking, travel, music and theatre.
Clare Howard, a pharmacist, also from Wigan, will be taking over Peter’s role at the Department of Health. Clare has worked in various parts of England – latterly leading the Medicines Use and Procurement QIPP project for South Central Strategic Health Authority.”