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.
John Richards has been Chief Executive Officer since the CCG was established and worked with the Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth cluster of Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) as CCGs were being developed.
A former PCT Chief Executive with approaching 20 years’ experience leading commissioning organisations, John is passionate about supporting clinical leaders to own the quality and cost of healthcare, creating common purpose and leading with integrity and authenticity. He is determined to bring NHS and local authority leadership together to join up care. He is also interested in working with communities to build resourcefulness.
Hampshire born and bred, John studied social anthropology at Cambridge and joined the NHS in 1988 after a brief career in the Welsh Office. From 1991 to 2006 he worked in south west Hampshire, becoming Chief Executive of Eastleigh and Test Valley South PCT in 2002 and of New Forest PCT in 2004. John then moved to be Chief Executive of NHS Plymouth until 2011.