The governing body nurse as a clinical commissioning group nurse leader
Evidence & Practice    

The governing body nurse as a clinical commissioning group nurse leader


The aim of this study was to understand governing body nurses’ perspective of their effect on, and leadership of, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).


Semi‐structured face‐to‐face and telephone interviews were conducted with a sample of governing body nurses, CCG chairs and regional chief nurses. A total of 23 individuals were interviewed.


Governing body nurses were overwhelmingly positive about their role and believed they had a positive effect on the CCG governing body. Specifically, they provided leadership for the quality agenda and compassionate practice. Challenges experienced by some governing body nurses related to their capacity to undertake the role where this was on a part‐time basis, time restraints and difficulties working with colleagues.


The role of the governing body nurse was not well defined when it was introduced, and as a result its development across CCGs has varied. Governing body nurses have used their leadership skills to advance important agendas for their profession, such as workforce redesign, new integrated care pathways and co‐commissioned services.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10182


Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Received: 10 June 2015

Accepted: 24 February 2016

Published online: 11 February 2017