Professor Nick J Harding OBE
Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group
Professor Nick Harding OBE has been Chair of Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group since 2011. He holds a number of roles, including working on secondment as Senior Clinical Advisor for the NHS England ACS Primary Care Development Programme and for Right Care. From 2014-18 Nick Chaired the National Specialised Commissioning Place Based Oversight Group and currently is a member of the General Advisory Council for the King’s Fund.
Nick has unusual experience both as a commissioner and provider of healthcare. As a commissioner, he created an award winning CCG recognised for its innovative culture, approach to engagement and its consistent high performance. As a provider, he was a founding GP Partner of the Modality Partnership which has seen steady growth in the last 10 years. It is now a multi-site primary care provider organisation with over 46 health centres and serving over 300,000 patients, and with an increasing number of outpatient appointments delivered locally. The model, evaluated by the King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust, has had major investment in technology and back office support to improve access and resources for both clinicians and patients.
Nick has a real passion for creating a sustainable future for healthcare. He secured funding and delivered a leadership programme for over 100 West Midlands GPs to support their emergence as future leaders and inspire them to achieve change, which is now being rolled out nationally. In addition to this, he helped drive forward the new Aston Medical School to support children in deprived inner city areas, nurturing future medical talent for Birmingham that will be representative of their communities. He is also involved in health education projects in Malawi and social projects in inner city Birmingham.