Geoff Butler [Lay Member of the Wakley sub-Locality of the CCG] made it clear that, as the first point of contact with the CCG, his role was to ensure that the views of patients were championed at this level when ‘commissioning’ or contracting out services in the NHS.
The position of Lay Members of the CCGs is central:
The role of this lay member will be to bring specific expertise and experience to the work of the governing body. Their focus will be strategic and impartial, providing an external view of the work of the CCG that is removed from the day-to-day running of the organisation. Their role will be to oversee key elements of governance including audit, remuneration and managing conflicts of interest. They will need to be able to chair the audit committee.
NHS England » Planning the process – Best Practice Resource/Practical Toolkit – for the appointment of lay members to Clinical Commissioning Groups
Lay Members - Wakley NEW CCG