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 Ian Ward joined our Governing Body in April 2016 and is our GP lead for quality.
Ian trained in Southampton and started working as a GP in the city in 2000. He works part time at Bitterne Park and also as a freelance GP. Ian also spent five years abroad working as a Medical Director for an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) in the Sahara Desert in West Africa, returning to Southampton in 2012.
He is interested in pre-hospital emergency and event medicine, and is also one of the Southampton FC crowd doctors. He has been a volunteer with St John Ambulance for over three decades.
Ian is a founding member of "Q", a national quality improvement initiative, and is on the Wessex Patient Safety Collaborative Steering Group.