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.
Lesley Gilder is a representative of Healthwatch Southampton (HWS), the local body representing the patient voice. Having representation from Healthwatch on the Governing Body is vital to bringing the patient voice and a city-wide perspective to influence decision-making.
Lesley is the lead link between HWS and the CCG Governing Body. She is also a member of the CCG Clinical Governance Committee. Lesley has a background in representing patients and was a member of Southampton LINk, HWS's predecessor organisation.
Over the last two years she has been engaged in a variety of projects related to health and social care and has undertaken Patient Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) for Solent NHS Trust and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and taken part in the Clinical Assessment Scheme for the Hospital Trust. Lesley has also contributed to both clinical quality review meetings and to the review of a local GP practice.
Lesley's professional career has spanned both management and research most recently as a senior manager in the Library and Information Service at Southampton University and previously as a researcher in a nationally funded Library Management Research Unit. Lesley is also President and Chair of Solent Credit Union.
For more information about Healthwatch Southampton visit their website www.healthwatchsouthampton.co.uk