As Clinical Commissioning Groups are spending public money, there has to be proper oversight of the way it is spent, this is the role of the Governing Body who have specific functions and responsibilities they need to deliver and standards of business conduct they are required to work to in order to achieve this.
Whilst clinicians are heavily represented on the Governing Body, so are non-clinicians and lay members. Together with our member GP practices and organisation team who have to put into place the changes that improving healthcare demands, the Governing Body and its individual members provide a real challenge and scrutiny of what is being proposed. The Governing Body helps keep everyone’s eye on the ball.
Not only does the Governing Body provide this oversight, but it provides support and energy so that the many challenges faced in trying to improve the services provided across Lincolnshire West can be met and, through sustained effort by everyone, be overcome.
Governing Body meetings
Governing body meetings take place every month where decisions are made about our priorities on behalf of the people living in Lincoln, Gainsborough and the surrounding villages. Governing body papers are available to download from the Library section, and dates of forthcoming meetings are listed in the Events section.
Any questions or queries relating to governing body meetings please contact Sarah Bates, Board Secretary on 01522 513355.
Our Governing Body members
Our Governing Body is made up of 12 members, including a Lay Chair, Chief Clinical Officer, Executive Nurse, Executive GPs, and Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement.
Richard Childs – Lay Chair
Richard Childs has worked in the public and private sector for over 40 years.
Between 1997 and 2003 he was Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police. Whilst he was a consultant in the security industry and was engaged in a licensing business for the police service, he has retired from those interests. He remains a chair of the General Dental Council Fitness to Practice panels.
Richard is a firm believer in the NHS and is committed to seeing it grow and develop to provide a quality of service to everyone which surpasses that which is already given by the highly committed people who work in the NHS in Lincolnshire.
He is particularly concerned about the problems faced in delivering public services in rural areas and believes that the greatest challenge facing the NHS is to really focus on tackling the longer term causes of some of the major diseases which affect people in the county.
Dr Sunil Hindocha, Clinical Chief Officer
Dr Sunil Hindocha qualified in 1986 at Manchester University and worked in the North West, including the Manchester Royal Infirmary.
Sunil completed his vocational training for general practice in Worksop before moving to Lincoln in 1991 as a GP principal and is still at the same practice.
Sunil was an Executive Board Member for the Out of Hours co-operative and became Chair of the Practice Based Commissioning group five years ago.
Sunil also set up a federation of GP practices in Lincolnshire called Optimus.
More recently he was the Accountable Officer Designate for Lincolnshire West CCG whilst the organisation was in development and now works as the Chief Clinical Officer, whilst continuing to care for patients at his practice in Lincoln.
Sunil is married to a GP who works at a Practice in the CCG area.
Sarah-Jane Mills, Chief Operating Officer
Sarah-Jane Mills qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1987. Sarah-Jane’s 9 years of clinical practice involved working with patients, in a secure setting, receiving treatment for an acute mental illness.
Since 1996, Sarah-Jane has held various senior manager roles in various health care settings. Her work has included the development of forensic services in North London and involved leading a major programme to re-patriate over 100 patients in out of area mental health placements to services close to their homes and the establishment of clinical governance systems in a large acute trust.
Prior to joining the Clinical Commissioning Group Sarah-Jane was the Chief Executive of a regional charity Hospice. In this role she was actively involved in the development of the National End of Life strategy and worked locally with partners in the NHS to support the development and integration of local services to deliver improved end of life car for the local population.
Sarah-Jane has a personal interest in system leadership and is an active Generation Q fellow of the Health Foundation.
Rob Croot, Chief Financial Officer
Rob Croot is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and worked in industry prior to joining the NHS in 1993. Rob has worked in all sections of the finance function, most extensively in the areas of governance and financial performance management. He has served as the CCG’s Chief Financial Officer since the establishment of the CCG.
Over the last 15 years Rob has held senior financial leadership roles in acute provider Trusts in Nottingham and Leicester and most recently within PCTs.
Rob spent two years in an executive director role, outside of finance, as a PFI Procurement Director, working collaboratively across a number of east midlands’ PCTs. He led the finance and governance agendas in establishing the Leicestershire County and Rutland PCT provider function as an autonomous organisation.
Rob has considerable experience of programme and project management and in partnership working between NHS and other public sector bodies.
Mrs Wendy Martin, Executive Lead Nurse and Midwife – Quality & Governance
Wendy Martin is a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife and Supervisor of Midwives. Additional qualifications include a Masters in Medical Law and a Masters in Disaster (Relief) Healthcare.
Wendy has worked in the NHS since 1985, starting out as a Student Nurse. For the past 12 years Wendy has held senior roles in the NHS very focused on improving clinical services and care quality. Previous to this role Wendy was Head of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety for NHS Midlands & East.
Wendy continues to maintain her clinical skills by working as a Bank Midwife and also through overseas voluntary work for an international medical charity, MCAI, that strives to improve maternal and child healthcare in poor countries.
Dr Martin Latham, Executive GP – Quality & Governance
Martin worked as a partner at Birchwood Medical practice for over 30 years prior to retiring from the practice in 2012.
Currently Martin does some locum GP work in various practices in the area.
He is also a current GP appraiser. Past roles include working as a GP trainer and GP vocational training scheme course organiser, and clinical governance lead for West Lincolnshire PCT.
Dr John Parkin, Executive GP
Dr John Parkin is Principle GP at Branston and Heighington Family Practice. He has been a member of Lincolnshire West CCG since April 2011.
He is also a GP with Special Interest in Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) and Practices as an associate specialist in ENT.
Dr Will Vessey, Executive GP
Dr Will Vessey qualified in 1998 from Edinburgh University. He did his hospital and GP training in Yorkshire, before working as a salaried GP in Pontefract.
He moved back to Lincolnshire in 2004 to become a GP partner in Gainsborough and is now based at the Hibaldstow Practice.
Previously a member of the Practice-Based Commissioning group and now the CCG, Will has a particular interest in the John Coupland Hospital, Gainsborough.
Dr Nazar Imam – Executive GP
Dr Nazar Imam has over 25 years of experience working in various disciplines including as lecturer at a Medical School. Dr Imam has also worked in Psychiatry for more than eight years.
Dr Imam trained as a GP from West Glasgow GP training scheme working as a GP in the UK since 2006. He was a member of Doncaster LMC.
He commenced work in Gainsborough as a GP since 2009 and has also been involved in doing sessions in substance misuse clinics in Gainsborough and Lincoln Prison. Dr Imam is also a GP Appraiser and Out of Hours GP Trainee Supervisor. Dr Nazar Imam joined the CCG in April 2014.
Dr Samrat Roychowdhury – Secondary Care Consultant
Dr Roychowdhury joined NHS Lincolnshire West CCG in November 2014. Dr Roychowdhury is a Consultant Physician at Kettering General Hospital, Northampton.
Dr Roychowdhury’s experience includes:- Royal College of Physicians Tutor, Patient Safety Lead (General Medicine), Clinical Audit Lead (Medicine)
Special Interests: Parkinson’s disease, Osteoporosis and heart failure.
Roger Buttery, Lay Member – Governance
Roger has worked in both the public and private sectors for almost 50 years. He has held a number of senior positions including Managing Director of Capita Hartshead Limited, Treasurer & Clerk to the Lincolnshire Police Authority and Deputy County Treasurer of Lincolnshire.
Roger has held a number of Non Executive Director positions including the former NHS Lincolnshire, where he was also Chair of the Audit Committee for 61/2 years; Acis Group Limited, including 3 years as Chair; and Chair of IPF Limited. He was also a member of the Governing Body of the University of Lincoln, including three years as Deputy Chair.
He is currently part time Managing Director and Independent Trustee of Hadrian Trustees Limited, the Trustee to the Shipbuilding Industries Pension Scheme.
Roger is a qualified accountant and is a Past President of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy, and former member of the Financial Reporting Council and Financial Reporting Review Panel.
Susan Edge, Lay Member – Patient & Public Involvement
Susan has been involved in the further, adult and work-based learning sector for over 30 years, working in a variety of different organisations both public and voluntary. Her roles have ranged extensively, from frontline delivery as a lecturer, to strategic responsibilities for ensuring certain qualifications in England and Wales met regulatory requirements. In addition Susan has worked on national quality initiatives, and for several inspectorates. She brings to her position at LWCCG her experience of involving learners in their provision, and of quality assurance and improvement. Susan is a governor of two local primary schools, and a Trustee of soundLINCS and of the Association of Charity Independent Examiners.
Bob Whetton – Non-Executive Director
Bob was appointed to the CCG Governing Body on 1st December 2018, having served as an independent member of Audit Committee since June 2015; and also in a similar capacity on Finance and Activity Committee since March 2016.
Bob became a Chartered Accountant in 1973, and has had a long career in public sector finance, serving as a local authority Director of Finance for eighteen years. His career has included work for many years as an advisor for the Local Government Association preparing and presenting a range of papers to ministers and senior civil servants.
Since retirement Bob has served as Vice-Chair and then Chair of a local housing association from 2004 to 2015. In 2009 Bob was appointed as an independent member of the Audit Committee of the University of Lincoln, stepping up to the role of governor in 2011; and has also served as Chair of Audit Committee since 2011 and will retire from the Board in 2019 following completion of the maximum term of eight years.