Prof Nick Harding OBE

Chair, Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, Senior Clinical Advisor at NHS England

Professor Nick Harding OBE has been Chair for Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group since 2011 and holds a number of roles including working on secondment as Senior Clinical Leader for NHS England ACS Primary Care Development Programme. Since 2014, Nick has been Chair of the Place Based Specialised Commissioning National and more recently as Chair for New Care Models Oversight Group for Evaluation.

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. He was a founding GP Partner at Modality Partnership that has seen steady growth in the last 10 years to now being a multi-site primary care provider organisation with 32 health centres and serving over 300,000 patients with increasing number of outpatient appointments delivered locally. The model, evaluated by Kings Fund and Nuffield Trust, has had major investment in technology and back office support to improve access and resources for both clinicians and patients.

He has a real passion for creating a sustainable future for healthcare. Nick secured funding and delivered a leadership programme for over 100 West Midlands GPs to support their emergence as future leaders and help achieve change now being rolled out nationally. On top of this he helped drive forward the new Aston Medical School to support children in deprived inner-city areas as future medical talent for Birmingham representative of their communities. He is also involved in health education projects in Malawi and social projects in inner city Birmingham.