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Clinical Chair of the Governing Body

NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG offers an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to lead the Governing Body as Clinical Chair.

With a passion for patients, the population and supporting the clinical voice in Coastal West Sussex, the individual will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer and the wider Governing Body to shape and further develop the CCG.

Coastal West Sussex CCG is a clinically-led membership organisation set up in April 2013. It is led by GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals who have many years’ experience caring for patients, and who work in the 47 practices across the area. The GP practices are grouped together in six geographical areas, or localities. Across this area the CCG is responsible for the health and wellbeing of around 500,000 people. We are responsible for commissioning (planning and buying) most of the healthcare services in Coastal West Sussex; this year we will spend nearly £800 million. The CCG is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of local people, with GPs and healthcare professionals at the forefront of commissioning services. Members of the Governing Body are key appointments for the group. These are high-profile positions and require outstanding individuals, who are recognised and respected by their peers.

The chosen candidate will be a provider of primary medical services on the Coastal West Sussex CCG performers list, working within the CCG area in a practice(s) with a registered list of patients – the majority of whom reside in the CCG area – or under a General Medical Services, Personal Medical Services or Alternative Provider Medical Services contract in Coastal West Sussex. Candidates should have a sound knowledge of the local community and of the population we serve.

The Clinical Chair is the senior clinical voice providing clinical leadership to the organisation, CWS CCG member practices, the wider local health economy and represents the CCG in clinical forums and to NHS England. The Clinical Chair ensures that the CCG remains clinically led and patient centred and takes the clinical lead for driving improvements in quality of care across member practices and leads the engagement with them.

As well as sharing responsibility with the other members for all aspects of the CCG Governing Body business, the Clinical Chair of the Governing Body will have specific responsibility for:

  •   Leading the Governing Body, ensuring it remains continuously able to discharge its duties and responsibilities as set out in the CCG‘s Constitution;
  •   Building and developing the CCG‘s Governing Body and its individual members;
  •   Ensuring that the CCG has proper constitutional and governance arrangements in place;
  •   Ensuring that, through the appropriate support, information and evidence, the Governing Body is able to discharge its duties;
  •   Supporting the accountable officer in discharging the responsibilities of the organisation;
  •   Contributing to the building of a shared vision of the aims, values and culture of the organisation; and
  •   Leading and influencing clinical and organisational change to enable the CCG to deliver commissioning responsibilities.

The full job description and person specification are available.

The office holder will also ensure that the CCG builds and maintains effective relationships with the neighbouring seven CCGs within the Sussex and East Surrey Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, drawing upon existing patient and public involvement expertise.They will need to play a leading role with the clinical chairs of those other CCGs taking the commissioning system forward in the context of the requirements set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

Please note that in order to ensure a smooth transition, the appointee will work alongside CWS CCG’s current Acting Lay Chair until 30 June 2019 and during this transitional period they will be known as Chair Designate. 

How to apply

The role will be on a part-time basis, ideally averaging 2 – 3 days per week, however, this will be considered during the recruitment process to ensure that candidates with the right skills and attributes are not excluded.

The remuneration will be commensurate with national guidance, subject to approval by the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.

Candidates are asked to apply for this position by sending a CV with a covering letter by email to

For a confidential discussion with Adam Doyle, Chief Executive Officer please contact Stephanie Dormer, Private Secretary to Chief Executive Officer and Chair, via email:

Recruitment timetable

Closing date: 15 April 2019

Interviews week commencing: 30 April 2019

Please see all of our current vacancies listed on the NHS Jobs website.