The work of South West London CCG is overseen by our Governing Body. It sets the strategic direction of the CCG, decides on expenditure and ensures the organisation functions effectively and efficiently.
The CCG is a membership organisation, representing the 32 GP practices in the borough, who elect clinical and practice members to the Governing Body. As required by our constitution, the Governing Body also includes lay members, a registered nurse, a secondary care doctor, as well as the CCG’s executive directors. So many members are healthcare professionals dealing with the day-to-day health and care needs of SWL residents. They play a key role in the CCG’s decision-making.
The Governing Body meets every two months and these meetings are open to the public, so any plans to change local health services are discussed and decided openly. Members are required to declare their interests on a regular basis, so any potential conflicts can be managed appropriately.
Our Governing Body’s role is to make sure that NHS South West London CCG has arrangements in place to exercise its functions effectively, efficiently and economically.
Our Governing Body is made up of individual Governing Body Members including a clinical chair, two clinical vice chairs and GP borough leads, four further GP borough leads, three lay members (people not employed by the NHS), a registered nurse, a hospital or secondary care doctor and senior officers. The Governing Body also includes representatives from our key partners: local authorities, Healthwatches and voluntary sector.
On behalf of our GP members – all the local GP practices across our six boroughs – the function of our Governing Body and executive members is to ensure strong and effective leadership, management and accountability.
We are managed in an open and accessible way, which means that local people are welcome to question what we do and why we do it.
For further information about what a clinical commissioning group governing body does, please read NHS England’s publication, Towards establishment: Creating responsive and accountable clinical commissioning groups.