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London Clinical Commissioning Council appoints Lewisham Doctor for Chair

Dr Marc Rowland, a practising GP from Lewisham has been appointed chair of the London Clinical Commissioning Council.  He will take up his role on 1 October 2014. 
The London Clinical Commissioning Council (LCCC) has coordinated the collaboration of the 32 CCGs across London since May 2012.  In his recently appointed role, Dr Rowland will chair the clinical leads meetings which are held bi-monthly and attended by the chairs and clinical leads of the CCGs.

Dr Rowland is the Chair of NHS Lewisham Commissioning Group and was formerly the co-chair of the neighbourhood practice based commissioning group and vice chair of the Lewisham Federation.  He said: "This is a really exciting opportunity for me.  I have been a practising GP for 34 years and am looking forward to bringing my experience and knowledge on to the London platform.  The CCG model has been operating for over a year now and it is making an impact across the capital and I am keen to share the success and learnings between the groups".

Peter Kohn, Director, Office of London CCGs added: "We are delighted that a GP leader of Dr Rowland's experience has stepped forward to lead London CCGs onto their next stage of development. The next two years will see London CCGs' responsibilities for commissioning extending and maturing and clear clinical leadership will be essential to progress."

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There are 32 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in London. Each CCG is a statutory NHS body with its own governance arrangements; these vary according to its Constitution. CCGs are membership organisations of the practices within their boundaries. They are responsible for commissioning the health needs of their populations and their main focus is on local issues.
London CCGs need to work together in order to discharge some of their responsibilities and it is essential that robust arrangements are in place to enable effective collaboration. These arrangements reflect the membership nature of CCGs.
The principal objectives for CCG collective working in London are:

  • To manage collective commissioning arrangements.

  • To liaise with other London wide organisations such as the NHS England (London), Mayor's office and London Councils.

  • To work in partnership with the NHS England (London) to plan, and to manage strategic change which cross CCG boundaries.

  • To promote shared learning to improve performance.

  • To coordinate other activities as required