A GP and a lay representative from Hampshire have been elected to the board of the NHS’ national commissioning body.
Dr Barbara Rushton was voted onto the board of NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) – the independent organisation representing clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England, while Susanne Hasselmann was re-elected to her post as a board member and chair of the national CCG Lay Member Network.
Dr Rushton, the clinical chair of NHS South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (SEH CCG), said she was “honoured, flattered and excited” to be voted onto the independent member-led organisation.
Ms Hasselmann, deputy chair of the CCG, said she was “delighted” to have been re-elected.
The board of NHSCC is made up of 14 clinicians and 10 managers and lay people. All are elected by the membership of the NHSCC. Board members also include representatives from the developing Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (https://www.england.nhs.uk/stps/) and emerging accountable care systems (https://www.england.nhs.uk/five-year-forward-view/next-steps-on-the-nhs-five-year-forward-view/integrating-care-locally/).
Both Dr Rushton and Ms Hasselmann are part of the newly-formed Hampshire CCGs Partnership and members of the newly formed Board, made up of Fareham and Gosport, North East Hampshire and Farnham, North Hampshire and South Eastern Hampshire CCGs. The Partnership was established on April 1, 2017, to accelerate improvements in patient care and reduce duplication across a large geographical area.
Ms Hasselmann said: “I am delighted to have been re-elected to the NHS Clinical Commissioners Board. My role will help to strengthen the new Hampshire CCGs Partnership and I will work hard to ensure lay members continue to be involved in decision making to ensure challenge on behalf of patients, the public and the tax payer.
“I very much look forward to continuing on the NHS Clinical Commissioners Board and sharing its benefits across the whole of the Partnership.”
Dr Rushton said: “I’m thrilled to join NHSCC and equally delighted that Susanne has been re-elected in her lay role. It is terrific that there are two of us from the Hampshire CCGs Partnership on this 24-strong national body and will give us the chance to ensure there is a very strong voice for our region.
“As a GP partner in a training practice, I recognise difficulty in GP recruitment and retention and the need to improve primary care resilience. I’m passionate about making primary care sustainable and would love to play a part in achieving this across the south east.
“Our role is to provide CCGs with a strong collective voice and represent them in the national debate on the future of healthcare, so there is plenty to talk about. We also facilitate shared learning and deliver networking opportunities for our members so that local clinicians can commission the best possible services for their patients and populations.”