When CCGs were established in 2013 the aim was to embed clinical expertise into commissioning health services. As such, our organisational and governance structures have been designed to ensure that we are a clinically-led organisation with family doctors and other medical leads at the heart of our decision making.
The main way of achieving this is through our Governing Body, which includes six local GPs, a secondary care doctor, two lay members, the Director of Public Health, our Chief Executive Officer and three Executive Directors (one of whom is the Chief Nurse). There are also representatives from Healthwatch Southampton and Southampton City Council.
Our Governing Body meetings are held in public and local people are welcome to attend.
Councillor David Shields is a member of the Council’s Cabinet, with portfolio for health and social care, private sector housing and local action on climate change. He chairs the city’s Health and Wellbeing Board and, along with representing the Council on the CCG Governing Body and serves on the CCG Primary Medical Care Commissioning Committee.
David is an active campaigner for health and social care issues and has been the elected member for the Freemantle ward for five years.
He also plays an active part in regional and national networks to promote policies to improve people’s health and wellbeing and ensure greater public involvement in shaping publicly funded care services. He was a founder member of the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC’s) Healthwatch England Committee (from October 2012 – June 2014). He also supports the Local Government Association with its national programmes of work on Health and Wellbeing Board leadership and putting Health in All Policies.