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.
James Rimmer has been the Chief Finance Officer since the CCG was established and is also Deputy Chief Executive for the CCG.
James joined the NHS in 2001 as part of the highly regarded NHS Finance Graduate Training Scheme. He has held numerous senior finance roles working in both the commissioning and providing arms of the NHS.
James is a professionally qualified accountant, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and holds a master’s degree in business administration and an honours degree in accounting and finance.
As the Chief Financial Officer for the CCG James is responsible for ensuring we meet all of our statutory duties in relation to finance, providing expert financial advice to Governing Body members. He also leads on performance and is the CCG Lead Director for our relationship with NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit (our back office support services provider).
On behalf of NHS Clinical Commissioners, James co-chairs the Finance Working Group with Paul Baumann the Chief Financial Officer of NHS England. The Group allows engagement between CCG chief financial officers and the NHS England senior finance team on various national issues. He is also a member of the NHS England Allocations Steering Group, which is responsible for providing advice on the overall direction of NHS funding allocations.
James is a trustee of the Healthcare and Financial Management Association (HFMA) and chair of their Audit and Finance Committee, a three year term from December 2016. HFMA is a registered charity and the only professional body in the UK dedicated to setting and promoting the highest standards in financial management and governance in healthcare. It encompasses a membership community that represents a third of all finance staff working in UK healthcare.