WSCCG has a governing body consisting of eight GPs from across our three localities; one secondary care lead; two lay members responsible for patient and public engagement and governance and a number of chief officers.
With GPs at the heart of clinical commissioning, we welcome you to meet the governing body:
Dr Browning has 10 years’ experience in hospital medicine and 12 years’ experience as a GP. He has had operational experience in the out-of-hours service and many years’ experience representing his GP colleagues on the LMC.
Dr Browning is the chair of the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire CCG Network.
Dr Arthur has been a GMS GP Suffolk for the last 25 years and is the lead partner at Oakfield surgery in Newmarket. He is the CCG’s lead on out-of-hours and community services, end of life commissioning and the 111 service.
Dr Arthur is also the lead clinical commissioner for the East of England ambulance contract.
Dr Hassan qualified from Sheffield, held junior doctor appointments in Sheffield, entered General Practice in 1980 and was a senior partner at Avicenna surgery in Hopton until retirement from practice in 2015.
Dr Hassan has also served as the Chairman of the Bury St Edmunds PCG; PEC Chair and Board Member Suffolk West PCT; Chair of the Individual Funding Panel and Clinical Priorities Group for the joint management team of Suffolk CCGs and Medical Director of NHS Suffolk until disbanded in 2013. He has served as President of the Anglo French Medical Society since 2006.
Dr Armitage is an experienced local GP at Angel Hill Surgery in Bury St Edmunds. She has had various clinical and management responsibilities within different practices and the CCG. Her clinical interests include adolescent health, sexual health and end of life care. When not at work she is a busy mum and wife, and enjoys running and reading.
Dr Sarah Hughes – Swan Surgery Bury St Edmunds
Dr Firas Watfeh
(GP and lead for Haverhill locality)
Dr Firas Watfeh is a GP partner at The Haverhill Family Practice. He is the GP lead for prescribing and has keen interest in Dermatology. He represents his GP colleagues on the LMC Board.
Jo Finn is a Director who has worked for over 40 years with or in the NHS, and with public services and related educational and development areas. She has worked in the region and nationally, including developing the national programme for shared decision making for urology patients, reviewing medical undergraduate clinical placements for the region, and setting up the prototype arrangements for major review of health professional training.
For eight years Jo was chief executive of West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust. She originally graduated in mathematics at University College London and joined the NHS from the national graduate management training scheme.
Jo is one of the three lay members of the CCG, and is responsible for leading the engagement of patients and public in West Suffolk. She believes there is no decision necessary about whether to engage – but instead the choice is what is the best way to engage?
Geoff Dobson (lay member for corporate governance)
In his role Mr Dobson will provide strategic and impartial advice on financial management issues to make sure the CCG meets its statutory guidelines and carries out its work according to nationally agreed standards. He will oversee key aspects of corporate governance including audit, remuneration and managing conflicts of interest.
Geoff worked in local government finance for more than four decades, most recently as Suffolk County Council’s director of resource management.
He has lived in west Suffolk for 30 years and possesses a commitment to ensuring resources are best used to deliver effective NHS services in the area.
Steve Chicken joined the CCG’s governing body in early 2017 as lay member. He is also working for Ipswich and East CCG in the same capacity.
Steve has held senior roles in global manufacturing businesses and is a specialist in continuous improvement. He and his wife have lived in Suffolk for 17 years as do his whole family including parents, grown children and grandchild.
Dr Ed Garratt
Dr Ed Garratt is Chief Officer for both Ipswich & East Suffolk and West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Groups.
He has previously been the chief operating officer of NHS West Suffolk CCG, building a strong reputation in Suffolk around system collaboration. Ed has over ten years’ experience of working in the NHS, has worked at regional level in commissioning and helped to develop the NHS Constitution. He also worked on the policy development associated with the government’s NHS reforms of 2012. Ed holds a Doctorate from the University of Cambridge.
(Chief Operating Officer)
Kate joined the NHS in September 2001 and has gained extensive knowledge from working across various NHS organisations. Prior to joining WSCCG Kate was working at North East Essex CCG as Chief Operating Officer playing an active role as a Board member contributing to the development of the vision, aims and business objectives of the CCG.
(Deputy Chief Operating Officer)
Andrew Eley joined the CCG as deputy chief operating officer in 2013 and has nearly 20 years’ experience of working in the public sector, previously as head of planning and performance management in NHS Suffolk and prior to that working for Suffolk Constabulary. He is a qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner.
Andrew is committed to delivering the best possible health care services to local people and is keen to ensure that the patient voice is heard and listened to. Andrew is married and has two teenage children.
Ms McLean is the CCG’s chief nurse and director of patient safety and clinical quality. She has over 30 years’ experience of working in the NHS and her most recent role has been as a project director for NHS Suffolk, focusing on developing and commissioning services for children and young people.
A qualified nurse, she has also served as chief executive officer and executive nurse for the Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and as director of nursing for the Suffolk Mental Health Partnership.
Ms Lyes is the chief corporate services officer and has a NHS career spanning 20 years. Although professionally qualified in human resources, her portfolio also encompasses IM&T, corporate governance, information governance as well as HR. Ms Lyes’ strengths lie in the field of change management, organisational development and employee relations.
Ms Lyes has a wide understanding of NHS service delivery and is passionate about delivering a high standard of service. She is an experienced Board member having held Board level positions in two other NHS organisations and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and holds a MSc in Human Resource Management
(Chief Contracts Officer)
Ms Thomas is the chief contracts officer for Ipswich and East Suffolk and West Suffolk CCGs. Ms Thomas has over 20 years experience working in and with the NHS. Starting her career as a nurse, she has worked in acute NHS hospitals and senior roles in private sector healthcare.
Ms Thomas is focused on ensuring that the care received by the people in Suffolk is the best care possible and that service users are put at the centre of decisions made by the CCGs.
(Chief Redesign Officer)
Richard is the CCG’s Chief Redesign Officer.
Richard has worked across the NHS and local government in a variety of roles most recently at NHS Enfield CCG where he led on the redesign of clinical services across the borough. He has also been an elected local councillor and cabinet member within a London borough where he led on community safety, leisure and libraries.
He is passionate about improving outcomes and his strength lays in managing complex service redesign in partnership with other stakeholders.
Mr. Bernard is practice manager at Botesdale Health Centre. Before taking this appointment he was a non-executive director of the Suffolk GP Federation. Prior to joining the health sector Mr. Bernard spent over 25 years in the banking sector latterly in business banking. He is a current member of the CCG’s IMT Committee.
Jane joined the CCGs in September 2017 at Chief Financial Officer. She has responsibility for making appropriate arrangements to support, monitor and report on the CCG’s finances, and overseeing robust audit and governance arrangements leading to propriety in the use of CCG’s resources.
Most recently, Jane worked at CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) as Head of Health and Integration. This role involved supporting finance staff working in health and social care, researching and commenting on health policy and helping finance teams in integration.
Jane was previously Director of Finance at Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for 10 years, with responsibility for procurement, contracting and performance. During this time she was part of the team which secured the go ahead for the New Papworth Hospital, a PFI scheme which is planned to open in 2018.
She joined the NHS in 1992 as a graduate finance trainee with the former East Anglia Regional Health Authority and has worked in a range of NHS organisations in East Anglia spanning provider, commissioner and health authorities. She is committed to developing finance teams, previously chairing the Eastern region Finance Staff Development board and helping to support Future Focussed Finance.