CCG Governing Body - Who we are

Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is made up of 64 GP practices who report to a Board. The role of the Board is to oversee the work of the CCG and make sure that decisions about changes to local health services are debated openly and fairly. Our Board members are:

Dr Debbie Frost

Dr Debbie Frost - Chair
West Locality

Dr Debbie Frost, a GP partner at Millway Medical Practice in Mill Hill, was elected unanimously by the board of Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group to take over from Dr Sue Sumners who stood down as Chair in January 2014.

Dr Frost has been a GP in the borough for over 20 years and did her GP training at Edgware Community Hospital when it was still a General Hospital. She is also a GP trainer, which she enjoys doing as she feels it's "so much like an apprenticeship with 1:1 teaching". Many of the GPs that Dr. Frost has trained have gone on to end up working locally. Dr. Frost is also a GP Appraiser for Barnet which means that she meets with GPs to discuss how they keep up their learning and keep their practices up to date.

Cathy Gritzner - Accountable Officer

Cathy Gritzner  – Accountable Officer

Cathy Gritzner has joined Barnet CCG as Accountable Officer. Cathy brings with her a wealth of experience and has an impressive record of delivery, both in the public and private sector. Her most recent role was as Chief Officer for The Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network where she worked on delivering solutions and innovation to the Greater Manchester health and social care economy. Cathy’s  previous experience in the health sector includes: Chief Operating Officer of the North West Commissioning Support Unit (CSU), Chief Officer at Herefordshire CCG, Director of Commissioning at NHS Wirral, and she also helped to establish Cheshire Wirral and Warrington CSU. In her private sector career she has worked for ATOs and KPMG in England and the Middle East. 

Cathy will play a crucial role in strengthening and leading the CCG and taking it forward as an assured and resilient organisation.

 

Roger Hammond - Chief finance officer

Roger Hammond  - Chief Finance Officer

 Roger has over 20 years’ NHS experience and joined Barnet CCG as Deputy Chief Finance Officer in February 2014. Prior to joining the CCG, Roger worked in Hertfordshire for 14 years and had various roles across NHS commissioning and provider organisations; his last position being with Hertfordshire Community Services NHS Trust. His early NHS career started in London, in and around the Tower Hamlets area with the Health Authority and local commissioning groups. Roger is a qualified accountant and trained with the Audit Commission where he spent 13 years, followed by two years with Price Waterhouse before joining the NHS in 1996.

 

 

Dr Michelle Newman

Dr Michelle Newman

West Locality

Dr Newman has been a part-time partner at Lane End Surgery for the past 18 years. During this time, Dr Newman has taken on numerous clinical and non-clinical roles within the partnership and now feels that it is the perfect time to be able to focus on and develop herself as an individual in a role outside of clinical general practice. With the ever changing pace and challenges that face primary care, Dr Newman would like to be in a position to affect change: to optimize the care offered to patients and help the CCG improve the various services that are commissioned.

With the experience that Dr Newman has had in General Practice, she feels well placed to try and simplify the way patients move through the healthcare system. The financial constraints are ever increasing and as a member of the CCG, Dr Newman is keen to make the best use of available funds, to reduce wastage and ultimately, provide Barnet patients with the best care possible.

Dr Swati

Dr Swati Dholakia

West Locality

Dr Dholakia has been a GP in Barnet for over 6 years working in both Edgware and Hendon. She was clinical lead for Barnet Primary Care Trust (PCT) where she was involved in developing pathways for the community gynaecology clinic, setting up the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, and reviewing referrals to paediatrics and musculoskeletal services. This involved working with fellow GPs, commissioning staff from Barnet PCT and secondary care providers. During this time, Dr Dholakia formed and maintained relationships with different members of the community and secondary care teams.

Dr Barry Subel

Dr Barry Subel 

South Locality

Dr Subel is vice chair of the Barnet Clinical Commisisoning Group and has been a practicing GP since 1995. Since 1996 he has been working as a GP principal in a three partner practice in Childs Hill. Dr Subel has special interests in joint injections, diabetes and pediatrics. He is a GP trainer, assessor and GP tutor and has recently been made a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Dr Charlotte Benjamin

Dr Charlotte Benjamin

South Locality

Dr. Benjamin has been a GP Principal at St George's Medical Centre in Hendon, since completing her GP training in 2003.  Since being elected to the Board of the Clinical Commissioning Group, she divides her time between sessions in the surgery and doing work for the CCG.  The rest of her week is spent looking after her four young children!
 
Dr. Benjamin was inspired to become involved with the CCG by the frustration of multiple changes that seem to hit GPs at an ever increasing speed. She says, "I felt that rather than complaining I would try to become involved, representing to views of the grassroots GPs. I was fortunate to have had the positive role model of a partner from my practice being heavily involved with the Primary Care Group. The challenges including financial constraints are enormous, and will hopefully encourage us to develop new opportunities which will ensure the success of Barnet health economy and our patients."
 
Her responsibilities within the CCG include being one of the nine GPs making up the Board, being the Barnet lead for mental health as well as sitting on the Health and Wellbeing Board, where the local authorities and CCG aim to take a more strategic approach to providing integrated health and local government services.

Dr John Bentley

Dr John Bentley

South Locality

Dr. John Bentley has been a GP in Golders Green for the past 13 years. He has had a long interest in NHS management and politics. He was appointed Clinical Director on the Barnet Primary Care Trust Board from 2003 - 2006.

He subsequently went on to Chair the South Barnet Practice Based Commissioning Group. This was a group of approximately 80 GPs covering a population of about 100,000, united to help develop local NHS services.

With the advent of the Government's 2011 NHS reforms "Liberating the NHS", spelling the end of PCTs and the beginning of real clinical leadership, Dr Bentley saw this as the ideal opportunity to help lead on implementing these changes for Barnet. Dr Bentley believes that local clinicians now have the best opportunity to lead on improving the quality of local services in order to make a real and noticeable difference to the health of Barnet residents.

Dr Bentley's main responsibility in the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is Quality and Safety. Maintaining and improving the quality and safety of services should be paramount when changing the delivery of any service. Chairing the Quality and Safety Committee will provide Dr Bentley the opportunity to ensure these remain at the top of the CCG's agenda.

A Barnet resident for the past 17 years, when not at work Dr Bentley enjoys spending time with his six young children exploring the many green spaces that Barnet has to offer.

 

Dr Jonathan Lubin

Dr Jonathan Lubin

North Locality

Dr. Jonathan Lubin has been a GP in Barnet for 23 years and currently practices from a small partnership based in Whetstone.  As well as seeing patients, he is responsible for teaching 5th year medical students and, prior to his election onto the Board of the Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group, also taught 4th year students.  In addition, Dr. Lubin carries out Occupational Health work.   Dr. Lubin was keen to get involved with the CCG as he has an interest in Elderly Frail care through his practice's work in care homes, which has led him to have a strong desire to improve the care of this vulnerable group.   Within the CCG his responsibilities are in Elderly Frail Care, Quality, Innovation, Prevention and Productivity programmes (QIPP), and the implementation of the new Primary Care strategy for Barnet.   With medicine being a rapidly changing field, Dr Lubin believes that being a member of the CCG is an opportunity for GPs to lead on the changes that are taking place and to try to ensure that the best and most affordable care is available for Barnet patients.  

Dr. Lubin hopes the CCG will enable changes that will allow patients to receive high quality care near to their homes, to develop a framework to support elderly frail patients in their homes for as long as possible, and then in care homes.   Dr Lubin says, "I would like to see primary care in Barnet developing to support the changing needs of patients, develop and adopt the changing technological support and new ways of working that can allow patients to obtain care to meet their needs in the future."

Dr Clare Stephens

Dr Clare Stephens

North Locality

Dr Stephens has been a Barnet GP for over 14 years and has held substantive posts as Clinical Director, and Practice Based Commissioning Chair for the North Locality, group of GP practices in the north of Barnet.   

She has a special interest in cancer services and has been involved in the reconfiguration of cancer services forLondonand the Commissioning Strategy for Cancer.  Dr Stephens continues to be involved with maternity provision in London and contributed to the NHS London work on the Model of Care.

As a member of the CCG Board, Dr Stephens splits her time equally between clinical practice and clinical commissioning.  She has specific involvement in the Public Health agenda and works closely with the Council, representing the CCG on the Health and Wellbeing Board.

Dr Stephens is also the cancer lead for the CCG and leads on Women’s and Children’s issues. She represents the CCG on the Child Trust Board – which brings together health and social care, education, and the police for the championing of Children’s issues in Barnet.  

Dr Stephens has had long term involvement in GP Appraisal and continues as lead Appraiser for Barnet GPs.

She says, “I believe passionately in clinically led commissioning for health and social care and strive to work within the CCG to commission the best clinical care possible within the financial challenges we face as a health care community.”

Dr Farooki

Dr Ahmer Farooqi

North Locality

Dr Ahmer Farooqi has been a GP in Barnet for the last eight years after completing his GP training in the borough and worked in Golders Green as an associate.  He has been a partner at the Old Courthouse Surgery in High Barnet since 2009 where he is also involved in the supervision of junior doctors in General Practice. 

Dr. Farooqi hopes his contributions to the CCG will help to shape high quality services for the local population which will enable them to access the right care, in the right place, at the right time. On the board he will be sharing responsibilities for Elective (Planned) Care and Mental Health. 

Dr. Farooqi lives locally, having moved down from the North-West 14 years ago. He has 2 young children.

Helen Donovan

Helen Donovan

Registered Nurse and Board Member

Helen has worked at the RCN as the UK Public Health Adviser since September 2012. This role is primarily to promote and engage with all nurses with their public health responsibilities.

Helen is the executive nurse lead on the board for Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group, where she brings a wealth of experience including general nursing, midwifery, practice nursing, health visiting and specialist health protection, with a specialist public health nursing degree (BSc Hons) and a Masters in Education (MEd). She has led on various health protection public health priorities and projects but particularly on immunisation which is her particular special interest.

Bernadette Conroy

Bernadette Conroy

Lay Member

Bernadette was appointed to the board of the CCG in 2012 but has been involved as a non-executive director in NHS commissioning since 2007. She is the Chair of the CCG's Audit committee. Bernadette holds a number of non-executive roles. She is Chair of Poplar Harca, a housing and community regeneration organisation which manages about 10,000 homes in East London and a non-executive Director of North London Estates Partnership, a private public partnership that develops and manages property within the healthcare sector.

Bernadette is also a Trustee of St. Paul’s Way Trust School in Tower Hamlets. Prior to her current roles, Bernadette was Global Head of Strategy and Planning at HSBC's Corporate and Investment Bank and has significant experience of financial markets, corporate re-structuring and change management.

Dr Karl Marlowe

Dr Karl Marlowe
Secondary Care Member

Dr Karl Marlowe has been a consultant psychiatrist since 2003, and works in Tower Hamlets, East London NHS Foundation Trust, where until 2014 he was the Clinical Director for adult mental health services. He trained at Liverpool Medical School, Barts and The Royal London, Maudsley Hospital and Guys and St Thomas Hospitals, with postgraduate qualifications from UCL and the Institute of Psychiatry. He is trained in both cognitive behavioural therapy and behavioural family therapies.

He has been a board member of the Barnet CCG since November 2012 and in recent years, has developed a health promotion and mental illness prevention service, The Royal London psychiatric liaison service, and a primary care mental health service. Dr Marlowe has special interests in offender’s health, diabetes and in addictions.