A single Executive Team for the Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Groups - Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire, Vale Royal and West Cheshire - has been in place since June 1st 2019.
Clare Watson started her role as Accountable Officer for the four Cheshire CCGs on 1st January 2019.
Working in the NHS for over 25 years, Clare has a clear focus on integration and partnership working. Bringing her experience of transformation in Greater Manchester to commissioning in Cheshire, Clare has a passion for commissioning based on holistic health and wellbeing, making a real difference to local populations.
Since Clare’s appointment as interim Accountable Officer of NHS South Cheshire CCG and NHS Vale Royal CCG in September 2017 she has worked with GP Members and other partners to support primary care at scale, enabling general practice to thrive and transform. Her leadership of both CCGs delivered organisational and financial turnaround, leading the organisations out of special measures moving from inadequate to requires improvement IAF ratings in the first six months of her leadership.
Clare will bring her experience and passion for delivering place based integrated care and sustainability to her new role as Accountable Officer for the Cheshire CCGs. She will support the improvement of outcomes through developing Integrated Care Partnerships as well as leading the Working Together across Cheshire programme in order to make a real difference to the patients and public of Cheshire.
Lynda is a chartered accountant by profession and has worked in the NHS for nearly 20 years. After qualifying, Lynda moved to the NHS in Wales initially in audit and then as Associate Director of Finance, looking after the financial accounts, a number of secondary care contracts and GP fund holding. After a period of 4 years Lynda moved to the North West Regional Office as the primary care finance lead for the North West Region, and became the North West Red Book expert! With the changes of government Lynda became involved in the development of many primary care initiatives including PCGs, PMS, PDS and ultimately PCTs. Feeling the need to get back to the coal face, Lynda moved to South Cheshire and became the Head of Finance for the Central Cheshire and Crewe and District PCGs, this involved managing a devolved PCG based financial budget and a contract portfolio including Mid Cheshire NHST. After the advent of PCTs, Lynda moved into the commissioning team, taking on performance, information and contracting and their related management accounting functions. This ultimately involved the development and implementation of payment by results. As the contracting function became more complex and the PCTs in East and Central Cheshire merged, Lynda became more focussed on the contracting agenda. Lynda is married with two fantastic children. She occasionally cycles but basically avoids exercise at all costs preferring going to the cinema, eating out and shopping!
Prior to moving into commissioning 10 years ago Paula worked for 20 years in clinical services, both as an occupational therapist and a clinical manager. She has delivered and managed health care services in many of the NHS providers across Wirral and Cheshire and in social services too.
Paula is responsible for securing continuous quality improvements in the care delivered by providers of NHS care; including primary care, community, mental health, learning disabilities and acute hospital services. She is a passionate advocate of using patient and carer experiences to improve care.
Paula is also the lead executive director responsible for the statutory duties of the NHS to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and the protection of adults at risk from harm.
Alongside this quality and safeguarding role she is the lead Allied Health Professional in commissioning and promotes the involvement of therapy staff in commissioning work streams.
Paula is responsible for commissioning the kind of care we want for ourselves and holding providers to account for achieving that standard.