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GB Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement

Job Reference: 467-CCG-904.18

Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group
Governing Body


Before applying for this position, please ensure that you read the guidance document ‘Applying for a Career with Dorset CCG’ available in the ‘Documents’ section below. This advert may be closed at any time prior to the advertised closing date if sufficient suitable applications are received and therefore you are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Once your application form has been submitted you will receive an automatic notification from NHS Jobs to confirm that your application has been successfully received by us. All further communication from us regarding your application will be sent via your NHS Jobs account; therefore you should ensure that you regularly check your NHS Jobs account and your emails following your application. We will contact all candidates to confirm the outcome of their application.


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NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group is the third largest in England, with a population of over 750,000 and more than 80 member practices. Dorset has attracted attention nationally and is now one of the leading Clinical Commissioning Groups to develop as an Integrated Care System.

We have an ambitious programme of change. We have consulted our public on a Dorset wide review of Clinical Services and have withstood the challenge of a judicial review. The next chapter of our ambitious journey is to implement the proposed changes.

We know staying the same is not an option if we want to better meet the needs of local people, reduce inequalities and improve health. That is why we have created a common vision for the future health system we want for Dorset and we are working towards a sustainable plan for our integrated health and social care system. As a Governing Body lay member and as an independent lay member you will play a crucial leadership role in ensuring the delivery of our ambitions.

We are seeking applications from individuals who can bring their unique perspective, informed by their experience and expertise. You must be able to bring a broader view on health and in particular a depth of understanding in relation to the role you wish to apply for. We are looking for individuals who bring a passion to improve services and who draw on relevant experience and qualifications to actively challenge and bring objectivity to the decisions we make.


Applicants should have no conflicts of interest and they should not be employed by any organisation from which NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group secures any significant volume of provision.

For the Governing Body positions, the notional time commitment for the role is 2.5 days per month (on average) and you will be remunerated at £18,000.

For the independent lay member, the notional time commitment for the role is 1 days per month (on average) and you will be remunerated at £3,600.

You will be required to complete a short application form to express your interest in this role. The closing date for expressions of interest is 25 January 2019 with interviews scheduled for week commencing 11 February 2019 (Dorchester).

To discuss your informal interest please arrange a telephone call with Dr. Forbes Watson, Chair of NHS Dorset CCG or the current post holder via 01305 368018

Our Mission

Using our clinical understanding, we strive to lead continuous improvements to health and care services in Dorset. Our key mission is to support people in Dorset to lead healthier lives, for longer.

This mission sets out our ultimate purpose. It defines what we must aim to achieve every day, through every decision and every interaction we have as an organisation. It also incorporates our vision statement. Our mission statement is explained as follows:

  • 'Supporting people' reflects our role of commissioning services for those who fall ill and in preventing illness in the first place. It also recognises the need for us to support people to manage their own health and to work with them to do this successfully.
  • We have a duty of care for all people while they are 'in Dorset' - not just Dorset residents.
  • 'Healthier lives' is the ultimate outcome we are aiming for. It reflects a need to prevent illness (e.g. through education), as well as recognising the need to provide timely services for everyone.

As a clinical commissioning group we have a responsibility as leaders within the health economy. Our unique position as clinicians also allows us to view things differently.

We already have an excellent health service in Dorset but, excellent services can still, and must, be improved to reflect a continually changing economy and society. By using our clinical understanding and different perspective we can drive continuous improvements, not just in health care but across all services within Dorset.

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