Governing body

The decision-making heart of NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group comprises of 13 strong voting members including a GP chair, chief clinical officer, chief financial officer, lay members, an acute doctor, nurse and six GP practice representatives. The governing body also includes three non-voting members including two of the CCGs directors and the patient council vice-chair.

The borough has been divided into three ‘localities’, which each have two GP representatives on the governing body. The locality representatives are responsible for ensuring that local health needs are met within their own geographical areas.

GPs are the core members of the CCG. There are six GPs on the governing body to ensure their clinicians have a strong voice.

The governing body meets in public every two months. Its members also sit on a number of associated panels including the health and wellbeing board. 

Dr Nikki Kanani

Dr Nikita Kanani, chief clinical officer

Up until March 2017, Dr Kanani was the CCG's chair and is now the CCG's chief clinical officer.

A GP at the Bellegrove Surgery in Welling, Dr Kanani is passionate about improving service provision and access in the NHS.

She is the senior responsible officer for the new models of care work stream as part of the south-east London Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), London board member for NHS Clinical Commissioners and part of the council of the National Association of Primary Care. Previously, Dr Kanani was the national quality lead for the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, medical adviser for NHS Direct, clinical lead for a large community provider trust, Primary Care Trust lead for winter planning and screening assurance, and service modernisation lead for an acute trust.

Dr Kanani is also a mentor and committed to developing clinical leadership in the rapidly changing primary care landscape. She has presented nationally and internationally on opportunities and collaboration in the new NHS and was named as a ‘top up and coming GP’ by Pulse magazine in 2012 and 2013, shortlisted for the GP Magazine first-five enterprise award in 2014, named as one of HSJ’s ‘rising stars’, as well as an HSJ top 50 ‘care integrator’ in 2014 and an HSJ top 50 ‘inspirational women in healthcare’ in 2014. In 2016, NHS Bexley CCG was shortlisted in the HSJ awards category as ‘CCG of the Year’.

With her astrophysicist sister, Dr Kanani set up STEMMsisters (@STEMMsisters), an enterprise which aims to inspire and empower people from disadvantaged backgrounds to study science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine subjects and access mentoring and coaching opportunities.

Dr Sid Deshmukh

Dr Sid Deshmukh, chair and Caldicott guardian

Dr Sid Deshmukh has been a GP since 2002 and is senior partner of Sidcup Medical Centre.

As an elected locality lead, Sid’s aims for the CCG include providing good, effective information to GPs. He believes relevant, timely and accessible information on all patient activity will create a revolution in healthcare. He is also the governing body's clinical vice chair.

Sid is the clinical lead for IT, leading key programmes of work such as data sharing programmes.

Sid has worked closely with stakeholders to establish a successful nursing home network and is also the clinical lead for dementia.

Dr Varun Bhalla

Dr Varun Bhalla, locality lead (North Bexley)

Dr Varun Bhalla has been a partner at Belvedere Medical Centre in Bexleyheath for more than 20 years. Varun has also worked as a police surgeon and occupational medical adviser for London Borough of Greenwich. 
As an elected locality lead, Varun is keen to focus on improving the quality and the efficiency of health services.

Dr Jhumur Moir

Dr Jhumur Moir - locality lead (Clocktower)

Dr Moir has been a partner at the Westwood Surgery in Welling for five years. Her primary care interests include women’s health (including contraception and menopause), diabetes, palliative care and training.

At the CCG, Dr Moir’s areas of responsibility include being the clinical lead for diabetes and the Clocktower locality lead.

Dr Moir is also a GP trainer and appraiser and an out-of-hours GP.

Lisa Wilson

Lisa Wilson – Clocktower locality representative

Lisa Wilson is the practice manager at the Albion Surgery in Bexleyheath. The surgery cares for more than 14,000 Bexley patients.

Having worked in the practice for many years, Lisa has a sound understanding the workings of a busy GP practice.

Lisa is a practice representative on the CCG’s primary care development group, which meets every fortnight to help develop and enhance the services provided by all GP practices across the borough. Representatives on the group take forward pilot projects and implement new innovative systems to help enhance services provided by Bexley practices.

Dr Sonia Khanna

Dr Sonia Khanna-Deshmukh – locality representative (Frognal locality)

Dr Sonia Khanna-Deshmukh has been working at Sidcup Medical Centre as a sessional GP since August 2010. She is a board member of the South London Faculty (SLF) at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and has been an Education and Support Event tutor for SLF RCGP.

Recently appointed as a GP appraiser for south London, Dr Khanna-Deshmukh is committed to teaching and helping others to build on their knowledge to encourage professional development. She arranges local teaching events for GPs and is also training to become a GP trainer.

Keen to enhance the quality of local healthcare as a governing body member, Dr Khanna-Deshmukh is a member of the CCGs quality and safety sub-committee, feeding into the governing body meetings.

Until July 2014, Sonia was a co-opted member of Bexley’s Local Medical Committee, representing sessional GPs.

As well as being a locality representative for NHS Bexley CCG, Sonia is also a clinical lead for the NHS 111 service and for urgent and unscheduled care.

When members decided to re-procure urgent and unscheduled care services in Bexley, Dr Khanna-Deshmukh was keen to help redesign fragmented services to provide a more holistic package of care for patients, reduce unnecessary accident and emergency attendances and hospital admissions.

Working alongside Dr Varun Bhalla, Sonia helped to develop clinical elements of the urgent and unscheduled care service specification and was also part of the tender evaluation process. Urgent and unscheduled care services were re-procured in 2014 and Dr Khanna-Deshmukh continues to contract manage, support and monitor the programme.

With a keen interest in medication prescribing and reducing risk of prescribing errors, Dr Khanna-Deshmukh also supports the CCGs medicines management sub-committee, a sub-group of the governing body.

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Dr Mehal Patel

Dr Mehal Patel has been a Bexley GP since 2010, and is currently at the Lyndhurst Surgery. His clinical passions include reducing health inequalities, preventing illness and encouraging children’s health.

Active politically as a member of Bexley local medical committee, Dr Patel is committed to delivering high quality and equitable healthcare services to Bexley residents and he considers a well-trained and highly professional workforce instrumental to achieving this objective. He is actively involved in training GPs and medical students.  


Theresa Osborne

Theresa Osborne, chief operating officer and chief financial officer

Theresa has spent 25 years working with the NHS across south-east London and previous roles included, the director of finance at Bexley Care Trust, head of performance at NHS London and director of finance of the South East London Workforce Development Confederation.

Theresa is responsible for providing strategic advice to the governing body and CCG on all aspects of financial strategy and financial management, as well as ensuring effective, efficient and economic use of its financial allocation and delivery of all financial targets.

Neil Ross

Neil Ross - lay member

Neil joined the CCG's governing body in January 2017. He works as a barrister prosecuting and defending in criminal and regulatory matters, with experience in dealing with fraud and corruption in health care. He has served as a elected member of the General Council of the Bar and the executive committee of the Criminal Bar Association. Neil has a particular interest in mental health, having read psychology at university. In his spare time, Neil is the player manager of a Sunday league football team.

Paul Cutler

Paul Cutler – patient and public lay member

Paul Cutler is an experienced consultant, trainer and facilitator who specialises in participation, public engagement and communications. He works via his own consultancy organisation for a variety of organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors across England. His work aims to help organisations build strong and effective relationships with service users, community groups and stakeholders to positively influence policy and practice.

He is currently an associate of the National Children’s Bureau, the Centre for Public Scrutiny and CAN-Invest. He has a background in social work and was formerly a non-executive director for the NHS in Bexley and south-east London. He is passionate about the NHS and believes that patients, carers and family members have a powerful contribution to make through their expertise, knowledge and local networks. Over the last 25 years he has collected many stories and examples of how service users and patients can drive innovation and impact through creative partnerships with organisations.

Paul has lived in the borough of Bexley for more than 15 years and has a strong commitment to the local community.

Keith Wood

Keith Wood, lay member (governance)

Keith is a chartered accountant who achieved partner status in his professional career before appointments as a director of finance in both the private sector and latterly the NHS. He served as vice chair of Bexley Care Trust until its dissolution on 31 March 2013, having previously held appointments as a non-executive director and audit committee chair in a number of local NHS bodies. Keith has also been a treasurer/trustee of health related charities over the last 12 years.

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Mary Currie, nurse

Mary began her career in the NHS 30 years ago, training as a registered nurse in London and qualifying in 1986. Since then she has worked as a qualified nurse across the majority of acute hospital specialties, and was appointed to one of the early wave nurse consultant roles, specialising in cardiology at Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust. Additionally, through completing training in non-invasive cardiac diagnostic testing, she was the first nurse in the country to gain British Society of Echocardiography Adult Accreditation.

Mary undertook an MBA and in 2005 was appointed to the role of director of the cardiac network in south-east London and successfully led on a range of clinical pathway transformations.

Over the last 10 years she has held a number of director level posts in the NHS, with portfolios that have spanned across governance, performance, strategy and transformation. Her most recent role was director of clinical services for a commissioning support unit, where she provided nursing leadership at an executive level and her portfolio included Continuing Healthcare and Medicines Management, supporting nine CCGs across Essex and Hertfordshire.

Mary has worked at national level at the Department of Health and recently completed a secondment at the Care Quality Commission, where she contributed to a range of hospital inspections reviewing quality, governance and patient safety.

Mary joined the CCG’s governing body on 1 May 2015.

Dr Koteshwara Muralidhara

Dr Koteshwara Muralidhara, secondary care specialist

Dr Koteshwara Muralidhara joined the CCG’s governing body as the secondary care doctor in July 2016.

Dr Koteshwara Muralidhara is a consultant physician in endocrinology and diabetes at London Northwest Heathcare NHS Trust. His primary care interests include type one diabetes, diabetes care for the young and integrated care diabetes.


Non-voting members

Michael Boyce

Michael Boyce, director of quality, governance and performance

Michael has spent 26 years working with the NHS across south-east London. As of February 2017, Michael became director of quality, governance and performance.

Michael is responsible for providing strategic advice to the CCG to ensure the organisation commissions and maintains the highest possible quality services, and delivers its ambition to secure the best possible outcomes for local patients and their families.

Michael’s role also ensures the CCG acts in strict accordance with the statutory role granted to CCGs by the Secretary of State and that it operates in the most effective, efficient and ethical manner possible.

Lionel Eastmond

Lionel Eastmond – patient council representative

Lionel is retired and has a strong community spirit and great interest in serving the local population of Bexley. He represents service users on a number of committee’s and groups including, the Crayford Community Forum and Crayford Town Surgery Patient Participation Group.

Lionel is committed to public service and the NHS. As a patient and community representative, Lionel has received good treatment from the NHS but believes services must continuously improve and reflect the patient voice. As a governing body member, Lionel believes he can make a valuable contribution reflecting the experiences of patients in Bexley.

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Nisha Wheeler, director of primary care

Nisha Wheeler has spent 15 years working with NHS Bexley CCG and before that Bexley Care Trust. Thanks to her extensive experience in primary care facilitation and systems management, she brings to the governing body a wide range of strategic leadership skills with specific expertise in areas such as project and change management and in transformational development.

Among her aspirations for NHS Bexley CCG, Nisha would like to build a thriving network of general practices locally, and to work with them to deliver the changing face of primary care services for Bexley patients who can look forward to enjoying seamless health and care services through their general practice. She sees relationship-building with practices and wider primary care stakeholders as key to achieving this objective.

In her spare time, Nisha is a keen walker, traveller and dedicated parent groupie-cum-taxi driver to her two children. Prior to working in the NHS, Nisha worked in IT for the advertising industry.