A newly promoted Doncaster woman is proof that you don’t have to leave your hometown to carve out a successful career.
And she’s urging local young people to follow in her footsteps.
Jackie Pederson, 43, who grew up in Conisbrough and now lives just a few miles away in Doncaster, has taken up one of the town’s top healthcare jobs, some 22 years after starting out in a junior NHS role in the town.
She’s the new Chief Officer of NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the umbrella organisation for the borough’s 43 GP practices, which determines how the £430 million annual NHS budget is spent on behalf of over 300,000 local patients.
She had previously been the organisation’s Chief of Strategy & Delivery/Deputy Chief Officer for the past three years.
Jackie said: “The NHS offers great career opportunities across a wide range of roles, from clinicians to administrators, and it’s a path I would urge local young people to consider when thinking about what to do after finishing their full-time education.
“The NHS is a key employer in Doncaster and also helps sustain many other jobs in organisations that supply products and services”.
After leaving Conisbrough’s former Northcliffe Comprehensive School, Jackie joined British Coal’s Coal House HQ in Doncaster as a 16-year-old before securing her first post at the NHS five years later, working for the former Doncaster Health Authority.
She then held various posts at NHS organisations in Wakefield, Mansfield and Sheffield without moving from Doncaster, before joining Doncaster Primary Care Trust in 2004, which was abolished three years ago to create the new look NHS Doncaster CCG.
Jackie holds a Master in Business administration degree and her husband, Wayne, is a senior accountant with the NHS in Sheffield.
- Interested in finding out more about how the local NHS works? The next meeting of the NHS Doncaster CCG Governing Body takes place at Sovereign House, Heaven’s Walk, on Thursday 21 April at 12.30pm. Members of the public are welcome.