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Governing Body Members | NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group

Join the Governing Body of a GP led statutory NHS body responsible for the health of over 285,000 people in Brighton and Hove. We are looking for strong team players with the passion to tackle health inequalities and help the CCG grow and prosper so that we commission the best health care possible for the population of Brighton and Hove

  • Location: Sussex
  • Salary: Independent Clinical Member – Secondary Care Clinician : £16,200 / Lay Member Patient and Public Engagement: £16,200 / Two Associate Governing Body Lay Members: £7,200.

Independent Clinical Member - Secondary Care Clinician

The Independent Clinical Member – Secondary Care Clinician brings to the Governing Body a broader view on health and care issues to underpin the work of the CCG.

In particular, they will bring to the Governing Body an understanding of patient care in the secondary care setting and provide an understanding of how secondary care providers’ work within the health system to bring appropriate insight to the discussions regarding service re-design and system reform.

This Member must not be involved in the Brighton and Hove or wider Sussex health system in order to bring a truly independent secondary care clinical perspective to the Governing Body.

Lay Member Patient and Public Engagement

The Lay Member Patient and Public Engagement will help to ensure that in all aspects of the CCG’s business, the public voice of the local population is heard and that opportunities are created and protected for patient and public empowerment in the work of the CCG. In particular, they will fulfil the role of Equality and Diversity Champion for the CCG and provide board-level assurance that:

  • Public and patients’ views are heard, and their expectations understood and met, as appropriate;
  • The CCG builds and maintains an effective relationship with local Healthwatch organisations and draws on existing patient and public engagement and involvement expertise;
  • The CCG has appropriate arrangements in place to secure public and patient involvement and responds in an effective and timely way to feedback and recommendations from patients, carers and the public.

The Lay Member Patient and Public Engagement will not have executive oversight of patient and public engagement. Rather, they will chair the Public Involvement Assurance Committee and ensure through the appropriate governance processes the discharge of this function.

The National Health Service (Clinical Commissioning Groups) Regulations 2012 require that the appointed individual must have knowledge of the area specified in the CCG‘s Constitution such as to enable them to express informed views about the discharge of the CCG‘s functions.

Two Associate Governing Body Lay Members

The Associate Governing Body Lay Member role is a ‘step up’ role aimed to attract potential Governing Body candidates who do not yet have sufficient Board-level experience, or currently but have the ability and potential to succeed in a Governing Body level role.

As such, this is a developmental post so that we can continue to invest in potential talent. We recognise that we have some current gaps in the diversity of our decision making and will prioritise recruitment of individuals from these groups for this role – informed by the outcomes of our wider recruitment process.

The Associate Governing Body Lay Member role has the potential to be used successfully to support a Governing Body succession strategy and achieving a balance of Governing Body level skills and experience.

This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise on the CCG’s Governing Body and in development sessions of the Governing Body. You will also contribute to the oversight and assurance work of the CCG’s committees and be expected to make a positive difference to the lives of communities served by the CCG.

We are looking for people who can help us to make better decisions which support the healthcare needs of the diverse communities we serve. We recognise that such diversity of experience and skills may come from areas outside of healthcare and from personal as well as professional experience.

Candidates will ideally have, although this is not essential, non-executive or executive level experience which could be in a large and complex organisation or in a small and medium-sized enterprise, a community interest company or social enterprise, social housing provider or school governing body. We are seeking people from Sussex, or who have a connection to Sussex, who can give the Governing Body additional diversity of thought and lived experiences.

Consideration shall be given to Associate Governing Body Lay Members roles being appointed as a full Governing Body in future, should a vacancy arise, and they have the appropriate skills to match gaps at that time after an open recruitment process.

For the avoidance of doubt, Associate Governing Body Lay Members are not Directors of the CCG or Governing Body members and do not have the associated rights or liabilities. As such, Associate Governing Body Lay Members cannot participate in any formal vote at Governing Body meetings but will be involved in and inform discussions or work that lead to formal votes.

Additional information:

Annual Report and Financial Statements

Sussex Health and Care Plan

Governance Structure and Members

Executive Structure

Schedule of Board Meetings

Governing Body Members

Governance Handbook

For a confidential conversation please contact:

Michael Earnshaw | michael@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07494 595178

Liz Holderness | liz@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: Monday 9th November 2020

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Dear Colleague,


Thank you for expressing an interest in being part of the Governing Body of NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

We are a GP led statutory NHS body responsible for commissioning the majority of health services for local people, including mental health care, urgent and emergency care, elective hospital services, and community care. At the same time, we are responsible for the health of over 285,000 people in Brighton and Hove and tackling health inequalities within our populations.

Organisationally and strategically, NHS Brighton and Hove CCG is closely aligned with our neighbouring CCGs – NHS West Sussex CCG and NHS East Sussex CCG, both of which were established from the 1 April 2020 and which, together with NHS Brighton and Hove CCG, provides a common and consistent approach to commissioning and planning across Sussex.

We have also aligned many of our support functions, such as governance, human resources, communications, engagement and equality, quality and patient safety and financial systems and have a single management team for the past year. These changes will also provide the framework to maximise the opportunities to do things across the wider health and care system where it is most efficient and effective to do so.

As we continue on this journey of development, we are seeking to appoint to a number of key posts on our Governing Body. These roles are:

  • Independent Clinical Member – Secondary Care Clinician – a consultant-level physician with experience in secondary care settings outside of the Brighton and Hove and wider Sussex health system.
  • Lay Member Patient and Public Engagement – someone who can provide assurance that all parts of our community are reached, heard and considered in our healthcare commissioning plans.
  • Two Associate Governing Body Lay Members – developmental roles open to people who can provide diverse experience, insight and new ways of thinking to the Governing Body.

The Governing Body plays a key role in the strategic oversight of the CCG and for the development of our vision and strategy, approving our commissioning plans and consultation arrangements, and monitoring the performance and quality improvement of our providers. Our Governing Body is also responsible for ensuring that there is good governance and promoting a culture of strong engagement with patients, their carers, GP members, the public and other stakeholders about the activity and progress of the CCG. In addition, it is required to understand and address health inequalities in our population and ensure that our engagement reaches those people less likely to have a voice in decision making.

We want to appoint individuals to fulfil several key roles on our Governing Body. Each role carries with it a number of responsibilities common to all members of a unitary board as well as some role specific responsibilities and which are set out in the respective job descriptions.

Crucially, we want to attract individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds to address the current underrepresentation of some of part of the community on our Boards; in particular women, Black, Asian and Minority and Ethnic (BAME) people and Disabled people.

Finally, we are looking to recruit people who have a real commitment to the NHS, who have a vision and passion for health care commissioning and tackling health inequality, who are strong team players and who want to see our CCG grow and prosper so that we commission the best health care possible for the people of Brighton and Hove.

If you are ready to step up to this unique challenge, we look forward to hearing from you.

Dr Andrew Hodson
Clinical Chair
NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group

Adam Doyle
Accountable Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Sussex NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups

Who we are

The CCG is responsible for improving and maintaining the health and wellbeing of people living in Brighton and Hove and making sure everyone has access to high quality care across the city. It is also responsible for tackling health inequalities in the city.

By talking and listening to people in Brighton and Hove, (particularly those with less opportunity to be heard but facing the most inequality), the CCG works with stakeholders to decide which services are needed so that everyone has access to the services, professionals and treatment they need to stay well and live healthily – from GP services, hospital and community care, mental health care and more.

GPs, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who work in the 35 practices in Brighton and Hove lead the CCG and together it plans and buys (‘commissions’) most of the healthcare services in the city.

The Governing Body oversees and directs the work of the CCG and its overall aims, commissioning objectives, and the GPs and healthcare professionals set out the priorities.

In addition to commissioning services for people when they are unwell, the CCG also makes sure that it is working to prevent the main causes of ill health and premature death including cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, chronic ill health, and smoking. To achieve this, it works in partnership with a number of organisations including its membership (Brighton and Hove GPs and primary health care professionals), hospital trusts, the mental health trust, the community trust, Brighton and Hove City Council, Healthwatch, the local community and voluntary sector, and carers and their families.

The CCG is committed to ensuring that its diverse public, patients, and carers are at the heart of what it does. It aims to be an organisation that takes account of their views and experiences and uses what it has heard to inform its plans and influence its commissioning of local health services.

In June 2019, the Governing Body agreed that, from April 2020 onwards, the CCG would work collaboratively with NHS East Sussex CCG through joint committees and teams. At the same time, we agreed to work in partnership with both NHS East Sussex and NHS West Sussex CCGs under a single strategic commissioner management structure and supporting functions that will form part of the Integrated Care System for Sussex.

These new ways of working will enable the CCG to commission in an integrated way with its local authority. This will enable it to commission more effectively and efficiently for the local population across established and recognisable footprints and to commission and plan strategically across a wider footprint.

More information about the CCG, such as business plans, annual reports and details on the make-up and composition of the Governing Body can be found at:


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To arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search advisers at Peridot Partners:

Michael Earnshaw | michael@peridotpartners.co.uk

Liz Holderness | liz@peridotpartners.co.uk

To apply, please submit a CV and a supporting statement (a maximum of two sides of A4). The supporting statement should clearly outline your suitability against the essential criteria in the person specification with an explanation why the role is of interest and relevant to you.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Independent Clinician Member – Secondary Care Clinician” OR “Lay Member Patient and Public Engagement” OR “Associate Governing Body Lay Members” into the subject field.

We will send an acknowledgement email within three working days from receipt. If you have not received a response, please check your application has been received by contacting:


NHS Brighton and Hove CCG is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We celebrate diversity and applications are actively encouraged from people from diverse backgrounds.

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process, to discuss steps that can be taken to overcome any operational difficulties.

Sussex CCGs are signed up to the disability confident scheme and we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.


Please take note of the interview dates and please let us know if any dates are difficult for you:

Closing date: Monday 9th November 2020
Longlisting: w/c Monday 16th November
Final interviews: Tuesday 24th November & Tuesday 1st December (interviews for all roles will be across these two dates)

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

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