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.
Dr Chris James - GP Board Member
Dr Chris James has been a full time partner at the University Health Service at the University of Southampton since 1991 and is our Governing Body lead for urgent and planned care.
He has had a long time interest in sports medicine and since 2002 has been the company doctor to the English National Ballet. He has also worked as a GP with special interests in lower limb orthopaedics in a local multidisciplinary team.
Chris first became involved in change management in health care in 1995, leading a group of GPs in the centre of Southampton to become one of the first 40 Primary Care Groups (a pilot for local health care commissioning) nationally. Since then, he has been involved in a number of local health care management changes with roles such as Primary Care Group Chair and Primary Care Trust Modernisation Lead.
At a national level, Chris was Vice Chair of NHS Alliance for a number of years, and a founding board member of the NHS Research and Development Programme for Service Delivery and Organisation. In the past, he was also a member of the Primary Care Advisory Board for the National Programme for Information Technology and the Department of Health Musculoskeletal Service Framework Reference Group.