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Nurses having limited impact on new CCG boards

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Less than half of the GPs and managers leading the new clinical commissioning groups believe the nurse on their governing body makes a large contribution to its leadership, a survey has found.

GP-led CCGs replaced primary care trusts in April under the government’s NHS reforms. All 211 CCGs are required to have at least one nurse on their governing body – a rule introduced in 2011 following the success of Nursing Times’ Seat on the Board campaign.

A survey of CCG leaders by HSJ’s sister title during April and May asked respondents to rate the contribution made by different groups to their CCG’s leadership.

Ninety-four CCG leaders from 86 different CCGs responded to the survey. Asked about the nurse on their governing body, 10% said he or she made little contribution. Forty-two per cent said the individual made a moderate contribution, and 48% a large contribution.

By contrast 94% of respondents said the CCGs’ most senior GP lead and most senior manager made a large contribution.

Other senior managerial leaders and other GPs on the CCG governing body were also judged to be having more impact than nurses.

However, nurses were more often making a large contribution than the hospital doctor on the CCG’s governing body, for which the score was 7%.

North East Lincolnshire CCG chief clinical officer Peter Melton, also co-chair of NHS England’s clinical commissioning assembly, told Nursing Times there was a need to develop the role of nurses on governing bodies and support nurses in those positions.

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