CCG Governing Body - Who we are
Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is made up of 55 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 voting Board members are:
Dr Debbie Frost - Chair
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.
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 Aashish Bansal - West Locality
Dr Aashish Bansal has been a London GP since completing his training in 2008 and has been a GP Partner at the Everglade Medical Practice in Barnet since 2014.
Before joining the CCG, he was been actively involved in service delivery and development, having chaired a Network of four GP surgeries in East London and successfully improved outcomes there. He has carried this experience with him to Barnet and over the past few years has worked to help pilot and develop a variety of patient focussed projects. He is also an enthusiastic educator and currently supervises GP trainees in his surgery.
Dr Bansal is keen to ensure that outcomes are delivered in a timely manner and hopes that his pro-active approach will help him deliver in his role as lead for Medicines Management and Urgent Care at Barnet CCG.
Dr Tal Helbitz - North Locality
Dr Tal Helbitz was elected to the CCG Board in May 2017. He is the chair of the Primary Care Working Group of Barnet CCG, overseeing Primary Care and Care Closer to Home. He is also the chair of the Digital Board of Barnet CCG, looking at new technologies, digital tools and medical innovations to improve health care and patient centred services.
Dr Helbitz was inspired to become involved with the CCG to improve the services being offered to Barnet residents, and particularly in developing new community services closer to home. He is keen to ensure coordination and integration between the different agencies offering mental health support, social care, public health, acute and primary care. Before his election as board member, he worked as clinical lead for primary care, developing new locally enhanced services, including the detection and treatment of atrial fibrillation, chronic kidney disease and pre-diabetes.
Dr Helbitz qualified as a GP in 2005 in Israel and moved to the UK in the same year. He has worked in Barnet as a GP since 2007 and has been a partner at the East Barnet Health Centre since January 2014. Dr Helbitz lives locally with his wife and three children.
Helen Pettersen - Accountable Officer, North Central London CCGs
Helen is the Accountable Officer for the five North Central London (NCL) CCGs - Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington. She is also the Convenor of the NCL Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). She is a highly experienced leader who has held a variety of senior executive posts in the NHS including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive at NHS Islington. Before taking up her current role, Helen was the managing director of NEL Commissioning Support Unit for three years. Helen also has significant experience in integrating health and social care services and has held a number of joint posts throughout her career.
Dr Jon Baker - Secondary Care Doctor
Dr Jon Baker is the board’s secondary care doctor. He currently works as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and a Deputy Medical Director in Hertfordshire. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from both managing Urgent / Emergency Care services and from his continued work on the front line in a modern, busy Emergency Department. For five years he was the Clinical Director of Emergency Medicine at East and North Herts NHS trust before moving on to manage all the medical specialities within the trust. More recently he has been appointed as a Deputy Medical Director giving an even broader remit of responsibility for his local health services. His passion for emergency care and his knowledge of how hospitals function should be invaluable in giving a different perspective to the CCG board and supporting the CCG in delivering the highest standard of healthcare to Barn
Dominic Tkaczyk - Lay Member – Finance
Dominic is the associate lay member for finance. He has spent most of his working life in the NHS and became a qualified accountant in 1978. He secured his first finance director position in 1989 and since then has worked in a number of NHS organisations as the finance director. Since stepping down from FD roles in 2016, Dominic has set up a coaching company and also lectures on NHS finance at colleges in Oxford and London.
Simon Goodwin, Chief Finance Officer, North Central London CCGs
Simon has held a number of Board level posts in the NHS in both commissioning and provider organisations. He joined the NCL CCGs from Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust where he was the Chief Finance and Investment Officer for six years. Prior to this, he spent six years as Director of Finance for Islington Primary Care Trust and three years as Director of Finance at Oxford City Primary Care Trust. He began his career as an Audit Supervisor for accountancy firm Touche Ross, and has worked in the NHS since 1994, firstly at the North Middlesex Hospital. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
Dr Murtaza Khanbhai – West Locality
Dr Khanbhai is a GP partner at Watling Medical Centre in Burnt Oak. He completed his GP training in 2008 and has practiced in Barnet since 2009. He firmly believes that the success of the NHS depends on a thriving primary care community and this has driven him to become one of the GP board members. His specialist interests are dermatology, minor surgery and education. He is also a very enthusiastic GP trainer.
Prior to being elected to the CCG Board, Dr Khanbhai was a lead for a successful network of local practices that pioneered the Wellbeing Service in Barnet as well as running dressing and minor illness services for the network's patients.
Within the CCG, he is the lead for quality and chairs the Clinical Quality and Risk Committee which ensures that all the healthcare commissioned by the CCG is delivered to the highest standard. Dr Khanbhai is also the lead for children's services and maternity.
Dr Clare Stephens - North Locality
Dr Stephens has been a Barnet GP for since 2002 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.”