Julia Ross has been appointed as the new Chief Officer for the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups (BNSSG CCGs).
Currently Chief Executive of North West Surrey CCG, Julia will lead the three CCGs as they continue to implement plans for a single commissioning ‘voice’ for the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire areas.
Julia Ross said: “I am delighted to be joining the BNSSG CCGs at a key point in their development as they move towards a shared commissioning approach for the local area.
“Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire have a vibrant and dynamic health and care system and I look forward to working with local health and care leaders, patients and the public to deliver the high-quality, sustainable services that local people need, both now and in the future.”
Clinical Chair of Bristol CCG, Dr Martin Jones, said: “I am excited at Julia’s appointment. The single Chief Officer role is a key position for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire that will enable us to strengthen our commissioning voice for the people we serve, and to make the changes the NHS Five Year Forward View, demands.”
Lay Chair of North Somerset CCG, Kathy Headdon, said: “Julia will bring experience and skills that will be of great benefit to North Somerset CCG and the wider system in addressing the difficult challenges we face. I am sure that North Somerset CCG staff and partners will join me in welcoming Julia.”
Clinical chair of South Gloucestershire CCG, Dr Jonathan Hayes, said: “The single Chief Officer role is an important step forward in the plans we announced last year and will help to ensure the continued strong leadership of commissioning within our collective area, while also supporting greater use of our shared resources.”
At North West Surrey, Julia set up the new CCG, bringing three GP localities together into a single organisation. As SRO for Surrey Heartlands Sustainability and Transformation Plan, she also built a coalition of 11 organisations across the Health and Local Authority sectors and produced a shared plan with the full support of member organisations.
Prior to this, Julia was Associate Director, Commissioner Development (East) for NHS South of England on a full-time secondment basis from January 2011 to August 2012. She was responsible for core elements of commissioning delivery including leadership of the planning round and oversight of service reconfiguration across the region.