NHSCC launches new group for clinical leaders in commissioning

NHS Clinical Commissioners has launched a new group to support clinical commissioning leaders who have a clinical backgroundThe Clinical Commissioning Leaders’ Group provides a secure place to share challenges and good practice, provide peer-to-peer support, and facilitate conversations about the future of the clinical commissioning voice within systems.   

The group is open to clinical chairs and other leaders with a clinical background from NHSCC-member CCGs.   

Like other leadership organisations NHS Clinical Commissioners believes the clinical voice needs to remain strong as the NHS transitions to collaborative system working. CCGs have demonstrated the benefit and effectiveness of that partnership of managerial and clinical leadership. 

Dr Joanne Watt, GP Chair of NHS Northamptonshire CCG and a member of the Clinical Commissioning Leaders’ Group, said: 

“Clinical leaders need to have a specific range of skills – from combining the executive, corporate and strategic elements of running an organisation to the clinical experience and credibility we bring to conversations with our system partners. It’s useful to have a safe forum where we can listen to the experiences of others and consider our own options in order to lead more effectively within systems. The peer support of this group has given me a range of views that have allowed me to challenge and improve the ways that I undertake my role. I’m really pleased that NHSCC has responded to its members’ needs with this new group and encourage any clinical leaders in CCGs to get involved.” 

The group will meet bimonthly with the next virtual meeting to take place in August, following two successful virtual meetings in June. The development of the group’s work programme and agendas for future meetings is being led by its members.  

Commenting on the launch of the Clinical Commissioning Leaders’ GroupDr Graham Jackson, chair of NHSCC, said:  

During the COVID-19 crisis we have seen the value of clinical leaders within CCGs: their deep knowledge of their local population coupled with clinical expertise means they have played a vital and unique role. The collaboration between different parts of the system needs to be further embedded and be used a springboard to a more collective cross organisational clinical leadership model at system level.” 

The first meeting of the Clinical Commissioning Leaders’ Group, covering the role of clinical leaders during the COVID-19 crisis, took place on 3 June and attracted around 50 attendees. The group’s second meeting was on 24 June with a focus on the role of the clinical chair in an ICS.  

CCG leaders with a clinical background who are interested in joining this group should contact office@nhscc.org for more details.