What is Dorset CCG?

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group is the commissioning organisation for the whole county of Dorset. It’s a membership group formed of all 89 GP practices in the county.

Our mission is to support the people of Dorset to lead healthier lives. You can read more about our mission and values.

NHS England have also produced a guide called: Understanding the new NHS, which outlines the organisations and systems that define, sustain and regulate the NHS (including the role of CCGs).

What we do

Our principal work is to plan, develop and buy health services on behalf of the local people. We are responsible for buying:

  • Planned hospital care

  • Urgent and emergency care, including the 111 service

  • Community health services

  • Mental health and learning disabilities

  • Rehabilitation care

  • Maternity, children’s and family services

  • NHS continuing healthcare

  • Primary Care

Our key providers include:

There are many other service providers from the charitable, voluntary and private sectors that allow patients a wider choice of service location and type.

How we work

All 80 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 Chairpersons, a Governing Body Chairperson, an accountable Chief Officer, an accountable Chief Finance Officer, two Lay Members, a Nurse Lead and a Secondary Care Lead. The Governing Body is a key decision-making group of the CCG.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

We are members of the Health and Wellbeing Commissioning Intelligence group with local authorities, public health and the voluntary sector, which leads the development of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA).

A Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is a way the local NHS, in partnership with local authorities and other public sector partners, works collaboratively to understand the current and future health and wellbeing needs of its local population and identifies future priorities.

Public Health Dorset are now co-ordinating the JSNA on behalf of the Dorset Health and Wellbeing Board and the Bournemouth and Poole Health and Wellbeing Board. The JSNA documents will be made available on the Public Health Dorset website as they are developed, working jointly with Health and Wellbeing Board partners through a Health and Wellbeing Commissioning Intelligence Group, which includes the CCG.

Mental Health Investment Standard (MHIS)

We are pleased to publish the Independent Assurance Report for our Mental Health Investment Standard compliance for 2018/19 which shows our compliance statement was properly prepared in accordance with the criteria set out in the Assurance Engagement of the Mental Health Investment.

Senior Management Team

Chief Officer (performs the function of Accountable Officer for NHS Dorset CCG) (appointed 1 April 2013)

Tim Goodson is the Integrated Care System (ICS) lead, as well as the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) lead for the Dorset system. Read more.

Chief Finance Officer (appointed 1 January 2020)

Nikki Rowland is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and joined the NHS in 2003.  She has held a number of positions within Dorset and has successfully achieved promotion from her current role as Deputy Chief Finance Officer in The Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.

Director of Nursing and Quality (appointed 1 April 2018)

Vanessa became a registered nurse in 1991. She worked in Weymouth and Dorchester hospitals for many years, progressing to Assistant Director of Nursing and then Deputy Director of Nursing at Dorset County Hospital. Vanessa joined the PCT/CCG in 2012 as a Deputy Director. During her career she has worked across a number of clinical specialties and therefore brings a wide range of experiences to this post. Vanessa is an ardent supporter of improving health and care for the benefit of the population, whilst supporting the ongoing development of the professional workforce. Vanessa has a Masters Degree in Leadership.

Chief System Integration Officer (appointed 29 September 2014)

Phil Richardson joined the NHS in September 2014 with 30 years commercial experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, digital and consulting industries. In addition to setting up a boutique strategy and change consultancy, previous employers include Amersham International, Deloitte, IBM, Pfizer and BUPA, where he worked in a number of senior roles both nationally and internationally on complex strategy and change programmes.

Phil is a Chartered Scientist and a Chartered Biologist he has a PhD from the University of Bath in biomimetics and the application of biological modelling to innovation, strategy and change. He also teaches strategy on the Open University MBA and is an examiner for the final year MBA thesis. In his spare time Phil is a senior officer in the RAF Air Cadets. Originally from Newcastle, Phil has lived with his family in the South West for nearly 20 years.

Director of Engagement and Development (appointed 1 April 2013)

Charles Summers joined the NHS in 1995 and has worked in various health settings, developing organisations and improving people management. Charles has worked at executive level with a number of NHS boards since 2005 and leads our equality and diversity, public engagement, communication, organisational development, and CCG assurance remits. He provides strategic human resources advice to the Remuneration Committee in the review and setting of executive and clinical leadership pay and their terms of employment.

As part of Dorset’s Sustainability and Transformation, Charles is the STP Portfolio Director for Workforce that works to enable leading and working differently across Dorset. He is a Vice Chair of the Dorset Workforce Action Board. Charles is a member of Dorset’s Social Partnership Forum between trade unions and health and care organisations and a member of the Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy Board, from April 2017, part of Health Education England. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and also a qualified executive coach.

Director of Primary and Community Care (appointed January 2018)

Sally started in the NHS when she was 18 years old and completed her registered nurse training in 1989. Following a few years working in the hospital, Sally pursued her passion to work in a community setting and over time became a District Nursing Sister. Progressing from the nursing roles into a number of management roles, including becoming a Director of Operations and Nursing, this then developed into undertaking commissioning roles at Director level. Sally has worked in the PCT/CCG since 2009, and particularly champions a focus on quality, clinical and patient and public engagement and joint working with the Local Authorities to support a culture of continuous quality improvement and transformation. Sally has a Masters Degree in Managing and Leading in a Health and Social Care Environment.