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.
Stephanie Ramsey has been Director of Quality and Integration and Chief Nurse since the CCG was established. Her post is a joint appointment with Southampton City Council.
Stephanie leads on strategic development and system redesign across areas that benefit from integrated commissioning. This includes leadership of the Integrated Commissioning Unit (ICU) which is a joint commissioning team comprising CCG and Council staff (established October 2013).
Stephanie is also our chief nurse and provides corporate leadership for key programmes of work including corporate and clinical governance, quality and safety, medicines management, continuing healthcare, safeguarding, patient experience and patient/public engagement. She is a nurse, midwife and health visitor and has graduate and postgraduate degrees in health psychology and management. Stephanie has several years’ experience in leadership roles for a range of NHS community care providers and has worked on secondment in the voluntary sector.