Senior Management Team

Dr Paul Wood, Chair & Clinical Lead

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Dr Wood trained at Nottingham University Medical School and has worked within the local health community as a GP since 1993. He continues to undertake a clinical role as a partner in a well-established practice within Derby.  

Dr Wood has been a member of SDCCG’s Governing Body since its inception in 2013, and prior to that as part of the steering group. During that time he has been the Locality Lead for Derby Commissioning Network, one of the CCG’s Localities. In addition to that he has had an interest in urgent care work and has chaired the Southern Derbyshire Urgent Care Board.  

Dr Wood was appointed to the role of Chair Designate in April 2016 following an internal recruitment and selection process and in October 2016 because SDCCG’s Chair. His ambition is to continue the work of developing and delivering high quality health and social care to the people of Southern Derbyshire in a time of substantial change.

Dr Chris Clayton, Chief Executive Officer

Dr Chris Clayton

Dr Clayton joined the four Derbyshire CCGs as the single Chief Executive Officer in October 2017. He was previously Clinical Chief Officer for Blackburn with Darwen CCG from 2012, and also the Chief Officer for the Pennine Lancashire Transformation Programme. Originally from Rossendale in East Lancashire, Dr Clayton completed his clinical studies in Cambridge and following this worked in Birmingham and the West Midlands before returning to join Darwen Healthcare GP practice in 2004.  

Jenny Swatton, Director of Joint Commissioning

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Jenny leads on our ‘Integrated Care’, working with local authorities and partner agencies to develop health and social care pathways. This involves key links with both Derby city and Derbyshire county health and wellbeing boards. She is responsible for commissioning mental health and learning disability services as well as contracts for community services. She is also the senior management lead for Derby Advanced Commissioning (DAC) Locality.

Helen Dillistone, Lead Officer for SDCCG and Interim Director of Commissioning Operations Derbyshire CCGs


Helen is responsible for a range of corporate planning and commissioning functions including leading our assurance and governance, organisational development, engagement, patient and public involvement, communications, equality and diversity, and overseeing the board secretariat function. She is our HR link and also leads on the management of the contract with our commissioning support organisation, NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit.

Louise Bainbridge, Derbyshire Chief Finance Officer

Louise Bainbridge

Louise joined us as the Chief Finance Officer for all four Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Groups on 1 November 2017. Previously Louise was Chief Finance Officer at Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group from 2013 having joined them in 2011. Prior to that Louise worked in finance roles for a Primary Care Trust and also in the private sector.

Jayne Stringfellow, Chief Nurse and Director of Nursing, Quality and Patient Experience

Jayne Stringfellow - Chief Nurse

As Chief Nurse & Director of Quality, Jayne’s portfolio is focussed on ensuring that the CCG commissions high quality healthcare services. The role includes the responsibility for the systems and processes for quality assurance of healthcare provider contracts, including the areas of patient safety, patient experience and the safeguarding of both adults and children. Quality assurance involves working with healthcare providers through the Quality Assurance Groups, and gathering and using intelligence to inform the focus for quality improvement. Jayne is also the Caldicott Guardian responsible for ensuring that the CCG protects confidential information and also the lead for research and innovation.  

This post is a new shared executive post as Jayne is also the Chief Nurse & Quality Officer and Deputy Chief Officer at NHS North Derbyshire CCG.  

Steve Hulme, Director of Medicines Management and Business Continuity

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Steve is responsible for the oversight of safe, effective and rational use of medicines where prescribed or commissioned across our CCG. He manages a team of specialist pharmacists and medicines technicians who mostly work directly with our member GP practices, but also with other providers where medicines are used including health and social care. Medicines management team support involves audit, medication review, prescribing data/benchmarks, medicines information and education. Other responsibilities include: supporting the development and implementation of local medicines formularies, policies and guidelines, medicines governance and best practice and medicines procurement. Steve is our lead for business continuity.

Peter Moore, Director of Acute Commissioning

Peter Moore

Peter is responsible for Acute Contracting and Transformation, leading the management and delivery of a range of Acute Contracting and Corporate Performance functions across Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, ensuring the provision of secondary care delivers the best and most appropriate care and outcomes for patients’ population.

Frank McGhee, Director of Children's Commissioning

Frank McGhee

Frank McGhee has worked for over 30 years in children’s services, with senior management roles in the NHS and Local Government.

He is currently Director of Integrated Commissioning for children and young people working across Southern Derbyshire CCG and Derby City Council. This includes sitting on both the Senior Management Team and Governing Body of the CCG and the Senior Management of the People's Directorate in Derby Council. An integrated Children's commissioning works across SDCCG and the Derby City Council. This includes leading the Future in Mind programme. CQC and Ofsted have both been supportive of this integrated arrangement.

Frank is seconded to NHS England on a part-time basis as the National Transformation Advisor to the Future in Mind NHS England team.

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As Executive Director of Commissioning Operations for NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Zara brings a wealth of NHS experience to her role. 

Before joining us in September 2018, Zara was based in Staffordshire where she was Director of Strategy, Planning and Performance across six CCGs. Previous appointments include senior roles in acute trusts, including Nottingham University Hospitals, where she was Associate Director of Strategy. Zara’s experience also extends to regulatory roles including the Trust Development Authority (now NHS Improvement) and the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority where Zara developed her breadth of experience across planning and performance functions. Starting her NHS career in 2003 as a Graduate Management Scheme trainee, Zara’s first substantive role was as a Primary Care Commissioning Manager at North Eastern Derbyshire Primary Care Trust. 

Zara has lived in North Derbyshire for the past 16 years.