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 Pritti Aggarwal joined our Governing Body in April 2017 and is our lead for TARGET. Target stands for Time for Audit, Research, Governance, Education and Training – it gives GPs and practice nurses an essential opportunity to meet every two months to update their skills, learn about new treatments and share good practice.
Pritti trained in Cardiff and previously worked as a surgeon, she started working as a GP in Southampton in 2005. She is currently a partner at the Living Well partnership of GP practices. Pritti’s main role is with the University of Southampton as a module lead for primary medical care for students and lead for faculty development for primary medical care, as well as the diversity theme lead.
Pritti has worked with the CCG since 2013, supporting our System Delivery Team to make changes to services that support and diagnose people with Deep Vein Thrombosis and work to provide GPs improved access to CT KUB and cystoscopy (scans of the kidneys, ureters and bladder) amongst other changes. She has been bringing together GPs and consultants through the GP consultant liaison in Southampton in promoting greater understanding of the challenges they both face.