About us

Who we are

Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (BaNES CCG) is the NHS organisation that monitors and coordinates the delivery of health services on behalf of everyone living in Bath and North East Somerset.

We are a membership organisation formed of the 26 GP practices across BaNES.  For many patients, their local GP is their main point of contact with the NHS and it is the GPs’ clinical expertise and patient insight that helps the CCG to ensure health services are the best they can be. But GPs are not doing this alone. Within the CCG we work with a team of health care professionals and patient representatives to plan and deliver services.

What are CCGs?

BaNES CCG is one of 211 CCGs in England that were established after the Health and Social Care Act 2012 was passed.  The CCGs are independent statutory bodies governed by members of local GP practices with support from health professionals and direct input from people representing patients and members of the public. CCGs have taken over a range of commissioning responsibilities from primary care trusts (PCTs) and manage most of the NHS commissioning budget for England.

Read more in the Understanding the New NHS guide.

CCG Board members November 2017

CCG Board

We are the senior clinicians, executives and lay members who make the strategic decisions on behalf of the CCG. We hold meetings in public every two months to review the performance of our health and social care services and financial position and to agree the CCG’s response to emerging and future health priorities.

CCG Board members
Ian worked at the Royal United Hospital in Bath for several years before becoming a GP in 1989 and a partner at St James’s Surgery in 1991. He has specialised in orthopaedics, been a GP trainer and was Chair of the Bath Area Research Organisation Network for seven years. Ian became Chair of the shadow CCG in 2010 and took up the formal position as CCG Chair in April 2013. Ian is the clinical lead for prevention and self-care.

Dr Ian Orpen

Clinical Chair, GP at St James' Surgery
Tracey joined the health service in 1990 as a management trainee. She worked in several London hospitals managing different specialties prior to moving to Bath in 1997 where she worked at the RUH until 2001. Tracey’s commissioning career began with B&NES Primary Care Trust and transferred to the CCG in April 2013 when she also joined the Board.

Tracey Cox

Chief Officer
Ruth qualified from Charing Cross Hospital Medical School in London and became a partner at Newbridge Surgery in Bath in 1993. She has helped to set up and chair the original out-of-hours service and worked as a cardiology clinical assistant at the RUH. Ruth has worked in commissioning since September 2010. She is currently the clinical lead for primary care and the redesign of diabetes services and joined the Board in April 2013.

Dr Ruth Grabham

Medical Director, GP at Newbridge Surgery
Lisa qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1991 and has worked as a Nurse, Health Visitor and Nurse Consultant in a range of hospital and community organisations. Lisa's commissioning career began in 2010 and she has held the position of Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality in a neighbouring CCG. She joined the BaNES CCG Board as the Director of Nursing and Quality in September 2017 where she is the lead for the following areas, CCG Caldicott Guardian, Patient, Public and Partnership engagement, Safeguarding Children and Adults, Infection Prevention and Control, Medicines Optimisation and Management, Interventions not normally Funded, Equality and Diversity and Research Governance.

Lisa Harvey

Director of Nursing and Quality
Daisy is a partner at Widcombe Surgery in Bath. At the CCG she is the clinical lead for mental health, paediatrics, maternity, learning disabilities and dementia.

Dr Daisy Curling

GP partner at Widcombe Surgery and GP cluster lead for the Bath Aqua Cluster.
Elizabeth has been a GP principal at St Chads Surgery in Midsomer Norton, since 2001. She is an active member of the medicines management group and safeguarding leads group and has set up a local urgent care clinical group. Elizabeth is the cluster lead and chair for Norton - Radstock cluster and clinical lead for urgent care, end of life care and maternity care. She was re-appointed to the Board in April 2015.

Dr Elizabeth Hersch

GP Cluster Lead (Midsomer Norton & Radstock), GP at St. Chad's and Chilcompton Surgery
Tim graduated from the University of Cape Town Medical School before doing his GP training at The Royal United Hospital Bath and Hope House Surgery in Radstock. He was responsible for helping run the Out-of-Hours services from Paulton Hospital before moving to Chew Medical Practice, where he has been since 2001. He is the lead GP on Adult Safeguarding and is actively involved in medical student teaching. Tim is the CCG cluster representative for the Chew Keynsham area and joined the CCG Board in April 2017.

Dr Tim Sephton

Chew Keynsham Cluster Representative, GP at Chew Medical Practice
John is a Business Studies graduate and came into General Practice management via the diverse businesses of transport, fashion, manufacturing, and IT. After 15 years’ experience in practice management in Keynsham he was elected by B&NES practice managers to the position of Practice Manager Representative on the CCG Board in September 2017.

John Moon

Practice Manager Representative
John had a 26-year career with BP and has held positions with the Electricity Pool, Companies House, the Passport Agency, the Criminal Records Bureau, the Independent Police Complaints Commission and has been the Registrar of Political Parties. John chaired the Audit Committee for Wiltshire Primary Care Trust in 2006, then continued at NHS B&NES and Wiltshire until 2013 when he took on his current Board role.

John Holden

Lay Member (Audit, Governance and Vice Chair)
Suzannah has worked in a range of customer-focused roles and was a patient representative on the British Heart Foundation Council for many years. She has worked on the development of several NICE guidelines, including Patient Experience in Adult NHS Services. She has been on the Board since February 2014.

Suzannah Power

Lay Member (Patient and Public involvement)
Katie is an Associate on the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Care and Health Improvement Programme. She was Chair and Vice-Chair of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board 2013-2015 and is a former Councillor of Bath and North East Somerset Council. Katie has served on the Health and Wellbeing Board, is a governor of Three Ways School in Bath and was appointed to the CCG Board in February 2016.

Katie Hall

Associate Lay Member
Sarah joined the NHS in 1987 as a finance trainee and qualified as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant in 1993. Sarah has worked in a number of NHS provider and commissioner organisations and joined B&NES Primary Care Trust in 2009. She has worked with the CCG since it was set up in shadow form in April 2012 and joined the Board in April 2013.

Sarah James

Chief Financial Officer



We identify the health and care needs of local people and work with the public, patients and service users to review and design a range of services, including health and social care, which meet those needs. We manage contracts with provider organisations and each of us specialises in a specific area such as urgent care, planned care, mental health and many more.


We provide the organisation with strong financial management and expertise, to enable key decisions to be made with the aim of realising the strategy and objectives of the CCG. The team is responsible for producing a financial plan that is aligned to the operational plan, robust financial reporting throughout the year that accurately reflects the financial position of the CCG, cash management and to provide finance expertise that supports investment decisions and improvements to services.

Nursing and Quality

Our team is committed to securing high quality of care for the patients of Bath and North East Somerset. We do this by working closely with the Council, partner organisations and other stakeholders across acute care, community services and care homes.


The Chief Information Officer is responsible for a number of different IT teams that are part of South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit. These skilled IT staff work with the CCG and GP practices in a variety of roles ranging from overseeing technical support for various IT systems to providing complex modelling tools. One of the CCG’s six transformational projects recognises the potential for IT to act as an enabler for system redesign. Its aim is to improve the access to patient data held by different health and care organisations when a patient is being cared for in order to improve their experience.

Medicines Optimisation

Our aim is to improve the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of medicines across Bath and North East Somerset. We work closely with NHS provider organisations including GP practices to advise them on the appropriate use of medicines and to ensure we help patients manage their medications as effectively as possible.


We are the ‘administrative hub' of the CCG, here to promote smooth, joined up working across every team and ensure high standards of communication and efficient and robust working methods.


We want to ensure the services we commission (buy) are the best they can be. Our performance manager reports how the health services provide services for our community. She works closely with colleagues at the CCG, NHS England, provider organisations and other stakeholders on matters relating to performance data and information and also reviews national benchmarks for comparison purposes.


We support everyone in the organisation to share information effectively and engage in two-way dialogue with patients, professionals and a wide range of other stakeholders. We use a range of tools to do this including the CCG website, social media channels, events, printed materials and media relations.