The Executive Committee makes recommendations on strategy and commissioning plans and takes day to day decisions on performance management and risk management to provide robust assurance to the Governing Body.
The Terms of Reference for this committee can be found through the following link Executive Committee TOR – FINAL v2.2 27 June 2019
The Executive Committee Members
Louise Patten – Chief Executive
Lou Patten has been Chief Executive of Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern CCG since June 2016, having previously been Chief Officer at Aylesbury Vale CCG since 2013. She successfully led the federation of the two Buckinghamshire CCGs and has led on the successful bid for Buckinghamshire to become one of the first eight Integrated Care Systems (ICS). In January 2018 she also became the interim Chief Executive Officer for Oxfordshire CCG.
During this time she has developed high performing CCGs with strong system leadership and a national reputation for clinical leadership and innovation. A registered nurse, Lou has developed a patient focused approach to system wide change across Buckinghamshire, working in partnership with other health and care organisations. She brings these skills to Oxfordshire with the specific aim of developing and supporting integrated system working in order to enhance the BOB STP development.
Lou trained as a registered nurse at Southampton University Hospital and later took her diploma in district nursing, degree in health science and an MBA. She has board level experience within Provider and Commissioner organisations, worked for a commercial healthcare company, set up her own consultancy and held a Director post at Watford Football Club’s Community Trust.
Lou maintains her nursing registration and has a strong patient- focused approach to commissioning services, recognising the importance of sustainable primary & community health and care to support out of hospital transformation.
Robert Majilton – Deputy Chief Executive
Robert has held many finance roles within the NHS including Chief Financial Officer at Buckinghamshire PCT, Interim Director of Finance (CHO) at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Director of Finance – CHO (Interim) at Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust, Chief Financial Officer at Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust, Deputy Director of Finance at Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust, Deputy Director of Finance at Oxford City Primary Care Trust and Finance Manager at Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust.
From 2013 to 2016, his role provided financial leadership to emerging Clinical Commissioning Groups, supporting delivery of savings programmes and providing financial advice and training to members of the organisation.
As of 1 July 2016 his role changed to take control of a newly established Project Management Office which oversaw all projects and programmes designed to be effective both financially and with excellent patient outcomes. Following further staff appointments since then his role has consolidated to Deputy Chief Officer which now continues for NHS Buckinghamshire CCG.
Dr Sian Roberts – Clinical Director – Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Dementia
After qualifying at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School in 1992, Sian served in the RAF on a Short Service Commission where she completed her GP training. Following her military service, she worked abroad in China and in Singapore and then returned to the UK and the NHS in 2003.
Sian has been actively involved in health commissioning since 2011, initially as the Locality Lead for Amersham and Chesham practices, and since 2016, as the CCG Clinical Director for Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Dementia.
Sian recognises that many of her patients presenting in General Practice have mental health illness. She is passionate about reducing the health inequalities in those with poor mental health and /or learning disabilities and she sees Primary Care as having a pivotal role in addressing these inequalities.
Sian is also Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network Clinical Lead for Dementia and has been instrumental in supporting the Dementia Friendly Practice initiative across Buckinghamshire and the Thames Valley.
Dr Dal Sahota – Clinical Director – Urgent Care
Dr Sahota is Clinical Commissioning Director for Urgent Care, having previously been the Clinical Director for Maternity, New Borns & Children. She qualified at University College London in 2001. She then completed her VTS within the oxford deanery based at The Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. Thereafter she worked as a partner in Berkshire for 5 years.
Following the births of her son and daughter Dal now lives and works in Buckinghamshire. She is a portfolio GP, so as well as being a family doctor, has a special interest in dermatology and skin surgery and is also a GP appraiser in Buckinghamshire. In 2017 she became clinical director for urgent care across Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern CCG, a role which continues with the two CCGs merging as of 1 April 2018.
Dr Juliet Sutton – Clinical Director Children’s
Following training at the Middlesex and UCH hospitals in London, Dr Sutton undertook a number of junior and senior house officer roles at Hemel Hempstead and St. Albans hospitals. She later enrolled in the GP Training scheme at Hemel Hempstead Hospital, eventually joining Popular Grove practice in Aylesbury as a partner in 1993.
Dr Sutton became involved in clinical commissioning from 2014, initially as clinical lead for Children, Young People and Maternity for NHS Aylesbury Vale CCG. Following the Federation of NHS Aylesbury Vale and NHS Chiltern CCG in July 2016, Dr Sutton focused her role on children’s commissioning and was later appointed as an additional voting member of the joint Executive Committee from September 2017. This role has continued with the merger of the CCG’s from 1 April 2018.
In addition to her CCG role, Dr Sutton is a visiting partner at a local nursing home, and supports external training for learning GP Registers. She is married with two children, and outside of work particularly enjoys travelling and walking.
Dr Rashmi Sawhney – Clinical Director-Wycombe
Dr Sawhney has been a GP at Riverside Surgery in High Wycombe since 1997. She is part of the Oxford GP trainers group as well as the Bucks GP appraisers group.
Rashmi was one of the founder members of the Wycombe Collaborative which subsequently merged with Chiltern Collaborative to form BPCC. Hence has been engaged with the concept of clinical commissioning for several years.
She did her undergraduate training at Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi. She did her post graduate training (MRCGP, DCH & Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education) in the UK. She has a special interest in management of patients with type 2 diabetes. She has attained the Certificate in Diabetes Care and completed the Insulin for Life Course. In her role as a GP with an interest in diabetes, she has developed an understanding of the psychological impact of long term conditions, especially in relation to the South Asian population, where cultural factors have an impact as well.
In her current role as a Clinical Director she is involved with activities aimed at bringing the Wycombe practices and clinicians to work more cohesively to foster good team working and sharing of good practice. Rashmi is also involved in the development of the Public and Patient Engagement Group (PPE) for Wycombe. This group aims to encourage public and patient involvement in developing appropriate commissioning priorities for Wycombe.
As a member of the current NHS Buckinghamshire CCG Executive Committee, she represents Wycombe practice views and contributes to the functioning of the organisation.
Dr Malcolm Jones – Clinical Director- South
Malcolm graduated from Cambridge University in 1996 and spent several years in hospital medicine, much of it specialising in paediatric medicine.
Although he enjoyed working as a specialist, he appreciated the need for more holistic practice and decided to change tack by becoming a GP. He qualified as a GP in 2006, gaining merit in his MRCGP diploma. His entire GP career has been in Buckinghamshire.
Gary Heneage – Chief Finance Officer
With an accountancy background and training, Gary Heneage joined NHS Buckinghamshire CCG as Chief Finance Officer (and QIPP Lead) from April 2018. He was previously Head of Finance for NHS England South Central region and as a statutory appointment automatically becomes a voting member of the CCG Governing Body. Prior to joining NHS England five years ago, Gary spent a decade as a Chief Finance Officer in the private sector.