Balancing the books

Challenges and priorities for CCG governance
The King's Fund
Event type: 
Board Leadership Programme

About this event

It is nearly a year since the first clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) submitted their applications for authorisation and 10 months since the first authorisations. CCGs have developed rigorous governance processes and the role of the lay and non-executive members on CCGs is becoming clearer to the board. CCGs successfully led the planning round and, since 1 April and the full implementation of the NHS reforms, have taken on their full statutory responsibilities for commissioning services for their local populations. However, challenges exist for CCG boards in relation to assurance, member engagement and, crucially, how CCGs work with their local communities to develop locally responsive services which maintain standards of delivery and quality, in the context of a financial outlook that is very challenging.
In this seminar, Simon Weldon, Director of Operations and Planning, will talk about the view from NHS England of the challenges and priorities for CCG boards and the capabilities they need to develop to ensure success.

The speaker

Simon Weldon

Simon Weldon was appointed Director of Operations and Delivery at NHS England (London Regional Office) in July 2012. He joined NHS England from NHS North West London PCT cluster, where he was Director of Commissioning and Performance, leading on acute commissioning and contracting management for eight London PCTs. In addition Simon was also the lead commissioner for London Ambulance Service (LAS) on behalf of NHS London.

Simon has held senior management and board level roles within the NHS for over 10 years, having worked in the NHS for over 15 years. As Director of Operation and Delivery, Simon provides strategic leadership to support and assure CCGs in their commissioning of high-quality, safe, patient and client-centred services. Simon also fulfills the role of Director of Commissioning for the London region. This includes responsibility for the commissioning of primary care and public health for London and specialised services provided in London for the whole of England.