Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

How we work and the governing body

Our core structure

We are a membership organisation comprising all 100 GP practices throughout Dorset.

All 98 GP practices are sub-grouped into 13 locality groups (or geographical areas), which have been involved in commissioning for the local region for many years. Each locality has a Locality Chairperson (a local GP), who is also a member of our Governing Body. This ensures our decisions are clinically-led.

The Governing Body is made up of our 13 Locality Leads, a Governing Body Chairperson, an accountable Chief Officer, an accountable Chief Finance Officer, three Lay Members, a Nurse Lead and a Secondary Care Lead.

We also have a Clinical Commissioning Committee which reports to the Governing Body, made up of the Chairpersons of our five Clinical Delivery Groups (CDGs), Executive Members and Lay Members.

The Governing Body

Members of the NHS Dorset CCG Governing Body are:

Role within the Governing Body CCG Member
Chairperson Dr Forbes Watson
Chief Officer Tim Goodson
Chief Finance Officer Paul Vater
Locality Lead for East Bournemouth Dr Mufeed Ni'man
Locality Lead for Christchurch TBC (01/03/2017)
Locality Lead for Dorset West Dr Blair Millar
Locality Lead for Poole Bay Dr Nick Evans
Locality Lead for Mid Dorset Dr Jenny Bubb
Locality Lead for North Dorset Dr Simone Yule
Locality Lead for East Dorset Dr Colin Davidson
Locality Lead for Weymouth and Portland Dr Karen Kirkham
Locality Lead for North Bournemouth TBC (30/09/2016)
Locality Lead for Poole North Dr David Richardson
Locality Lead for Poole Central Dr Simon Watkins
Locality Lead for Purbeck Dr David Haines
Locality Lead for Central Bournemouth Dr Ben Sharland
Lay Member: Audit and Quality Chair Teresa Hensman
Lay Member: Primary Care Commissioning Committee Chair Jacqueline Swift
Lay Member: Deputy CCG Chair and Patient and Public Involvement David Jenkins
Registered Nurse Member Elaine Spencer
Secondary Care Consultant Member Dr George Thomson


The Governing Body meets regularly. Part One of these meetings are open to the public and there is also the opportunity for members of the public and representative bodies to put questions to the Governing Body at the beginning of the public session of each meeting. Please follow this link
 for further information on how to ask questions at the Governing Body meetings.  

Please see the upcoming meeting dates here.

How we work

Our Constitution is a document outlining:

  • how we work
  • how we meet our responsibilities
  • how we achieve our ambition.

It describes the key processes for decision making, ensuring transparency and managing conflicts of interest.

You can view the Constitution document here.