– by Nick Ball, Lay Member (governance and probity), Vice Chair and Chair of Audit Committee, (Chair of the interview panel), on behalf of the two CCGs in Devon.

Dr Paul Johnson, the current chair of NHS South Devon and Torbay CCG, has formally been appointed as Clinical Chair for Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). He will assume the role on April 1, 2019 and this will be formally ratified at the next CCG Governing Body meeting.

As a GP of many years standing and with experience of leading a local CCG, Paul is ideally placed to lead our new organisation and what will be the fifth largest CCG in the country.

I would like to take this opportunity to be first to congratulate Paul on this news.

His role is a vital link between GPs and our new organisation and I wish him every success in future.


NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group will become the fifth biggest CCG in England when it begins operation on 1 April 2019.

Formed from the merger of Northern, Eastern and Western Devon CCG and South Devon and Torbay CCG, the new organisation will serve a patient population of nearly 1.2 million people with a budget of more than £1.8 billion.

Current work on developing the new organisation includes recruiting to the Governing Body and development of the CCG Constitution, governance arrangements and a CCG website.

NHS Devon CCG will work with our local communities and other partners to improve people’s health and make sure they are able to receive high quality, local services and the CCG will be made up of 131 member GP practices.

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