Governing body


The decision-making heart of NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group comprises of 14 strong voting members. The governing body also includes seven non-voting members.

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

GPs are the core members of the CCG.

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 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 chair, 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.

Sid is the clinical lead for IT, leading key programmes of work such as data sharing programmes and NHS Online Bexley

Andrew Bland NHS Bexley CCG accountable officer

Andrew Bland, accountable officer

Andrew is currently the accountable officer for five CCGs in south-east London (Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Southwark and Lewisham). In December 2017 Andrew also became the south-east London Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) lead.

Andrew has worked in the NHS in London for the last 15 years, and the last nine years in south-east London where he was a Primary Care Trust board executive before becoming the accountable officer for NHS Southwark CCG since its inception in 2013.

In addition to his CCG roles, Andrew is also the senior responsible officer for primary care transformation across London as part of the Healthy London Partnership.

Throughout his career Andrew has led major programmes of service redesign across primary and secondary care and has experience of commissioning in all aspects of care. Andrew is passionate about local communities, involving residents in shaping the local services they receive, and collaborative approaches to strategic change. He believes that bringing together clinical expertise of the doctors and nurses leading commissioning organisations and the knowledge and experiences of patients can bring about real sustainable change and make NHS services the best they can be.

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 more than 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.

Dr Sonia Khanna

Dr Sonia Khanna-Deshmukh, locality lead (Frognal)

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.

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 the chair of the CCG’s 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 lead for the Frognal locality, Sonia is also a clinical lead for the NHS 111 service and for urgent and unscheduled care.

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, locality representative (north Bexley)

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.

Dr Patel shares the north Bexley locality representative role with Dr Clive Anggiansah.

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Dr Clive Anggiansah, locality representative (north Bexley)

Dr Anggiansah trained and qualified as a GP in Bexley and has worked in the borough since 2007. He has been a GP at Lyndhurst Medical Centre in Barnehurst since 2009.

As well as representing the north of the borough on the CCG’s governing body, Dr Anggiansah is also a GP trainer, a clinical lead for IT and chair of the medicines management sub-committee (a sub-committee of the governing body).

Dr Anggiansah is passionate about developing the clinical workforce to ensure Bexley residents receive high-quality, timely and innovative care.

As a member of the governing body, Dr Anggiansah’s focus is on improving service provision to ensure patients receive compassionate care and the very best health outcomes, whilst ensuring a sustainable NHS in Bexley.

Dr Anggiansah shares the north Bexley locality representative role with Dr Mehal Patel.

Lisa Wilson

Lisa Wilson, locality representative (Clocktower)

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 manager representative on the CCG’s primary care development working group, which meets every month to help develop and enhance the services provided by all GP practices across the borough.

Mark Burgess

Mark Burgess, locality representative (Frognal)

Mark Burgess is the practice manager at Plas Meddyg Surgery in Bexley. The surgery cares for more than 7,000 patients and Mark has been the manager there since June 2015.

Mark works closely with the surgery’s Patient Participation Group (PPG) and believes that patients should be at the centre of everything we do in healthcare. His links with this group have given him a good understanding of what is important to Bexley’s population.

Mark is a practice manager representative on the CCG’s primary care development working group, which meets every month to help develop and enhance the services provided by all GP practices across the borough.

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Theresa Osborne, managing director

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.

Malcolm Hines director of finance

Malcolm Hines, director of finance (acting)

Currently the chief financial officer for NHS Southwark CCG, Malcolm is also NHS Bexley CCG’s director of finance designate. He has 20 years’ experience as a NHS finance director.​

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.

Paul Cutler

Paul Cutler, patient and public lay member

Paul 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.

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 an 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.

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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

Dr Anjan Ghosh director of public health

Dr Anjan Ghosh, Director of Public Health (DPH)

Dr Anjan Ghosh has been the DPH for London Borough of Bexley since September 2017. Prior to this he was a consultant in public health at London Borough of Merton.

He leads a public health team based in the council which is responsible for the delivery of some key services such as sexual health, health visiting and school nursing (0 to 19 services), substance misuse, NHS Health Checks, lifestyle and weight management, stop smoking services, mental and emotional wellbeing for children, and health protection. He also leads on various prevention programmes and oversees the development of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA).

He is passionate about addressing health inequalities, improving life chances, and delivering the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes for all residents in Bexley. He is keen to tackle unwarranted variations in health outcomes for example in obesity, dementia and diabetes and develop a system-wide approach to prevention. For public health to have the maximum impact, he is committed to working alongside other services within the council, the NHS and the voluntary sector as well as with different communities in Bexley.

He believes that health is a universal marker of good government and he relishes the opportunity to work to create a happy, healthy and resilient borough.  

Valerie Shanks Pepper director of integrated commissioning

Valerie Shanks-Pepper, director of integrated commissioning

Valerie has more than 20 years of local government (adult social care and joint commissioning), NHS (provider improvement and national research and innovation policy) and private sector experience.

In her previous role, Valerie was the deputy director/head of research and innovation at NHS England. She was responsible for delivering against NHS England’s statutory duties and mandate objectives relating to research. Valerie also looked at the use of evidence in commissioner decision-making and led the design and execution of work to identify and prioritise research needs of NHS commissioners.

As director for integrated commissioning, Valerie’s role is shared between the CCG and London Borough of Bexley.

Valerie’s focus is people and their families. She wants to ensure that people and their families are at the centre of decisions and sees them as experts, working alongside professionals to get the best outcomes. Valerie’s person-centred approach to care will see people in Bexley using health and social services as equal partners in planning, developing and monitoring care to make sure it meets their needs.

Michael Boyce

Michael Boyce, director of governance, quality and performance and deputy managing director

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

Michael is also the CCG’s deputy managing director.

Nisha Wheeler ccg director of primary care

Nisha Wheeler, director of primary care

Nisha 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 the 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.

Vikki Wilkinson

Vikki Wilkinson, patient council representative

Vikki Wilkinson has been at Bexley Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) since 2015 and became the chief executive in 2017. She spearheaded the social prescribing agenda in the borough and has helped to ensure the Volunteer Centre is the ‘go-to’ hub for all volunteering in Bexley.

Vikki has many years of experience in the voluntary and local authority sector; with a background in children’s services and commissioning. Vikki trained as a psychotherapist and has retained her interest in mental health and children and young people throughout her career.

 

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