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Commissioning Primary Medical Services Committee (CPMS)

The Calderdale Primary Care Co-Commissioning Committee has been established in accordance with the delegated agreement between NHS England and NHS Calderdale CCG which came into effect on 1st April 2015.

Details of previous and forthcoming meetings, including agenda and papers can be found here

076_NHS_April16_Portraits_John Mallalieu, Lay Advisor (Chair of CPMS)
(Finance, Performance & External Relations)

John joined the CCG having been a Non-Executive Director of Calderdale Primary Care Trust from 2009, and is a lay advisor to the Governing Body.

John is currently Managing Director of Turning Point, one of the Country’s leading social enterprises, with extensive experience in public, private and social enterprise organisations, John has held senior roles in both NHS Professionals and NHS Direct and moved to healthcare following a successful periods in Senior Management Roles with Dixons Stores Group International and in Retail Financial Services John also holds Trustee roles for a national conservation charity and a North-west Housing Association.

John is a Lay Advisor to the Governing Body, the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee. He is Chair of the Commissioning Primary Medical Services Committee and a member of the Finance and Performance Committee.  (Back to top)

084_NHS_April16_Portraits_Dr Steven Cleasby,
Chair of CCG

Steven has been a GP in Calderdale since 1999, when he started at Spring Hall Group Practice. He has a special interest in Diabetes as well as medicines management.

He has held a clinical leadership role in Calderdale since 2002 as the prescribing lead for the Primary Care Trust and joined the Practice Based Commissioning Group in 2007 where he was Chair.

As Clinical Chair at the CCG, Steven holds a number of lead roles, including being a member of the Primary Medical Services Committee, the Governing Body lead for Safeguarding and for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Steven is Vice Chair of Calderdale’s Health and Wellbeing Board as well as the Integrated Commissioning Executive with Calderdale Council.

He is keen to develop the prevention agenda alongside Public Health, including promoting healthy food and physical activity, and to see high quality General Practice in Calderdale. He lives in Calderdale with his family.  (Back to top) 

055_NHS_April16_Portraits_Dr Matt Walsh
Chief Officer

Matt graduated from the University of Leeds Medical School in 1987. After various hospital and GP training posts in Bradford, he became a GP partner in 1991 and was appointed as a GP trainer two years later.

Matt spent 6 years in senior management as Medical Director for Bradford South and West Primary Care Trust, and was responsible for bringing the four Bradford and Airedale CCGs together to create a single Bradford and Airedale PCT. He then moved to a role in NHS Leeds PCT as Medical Director and Executive Director for Commissioning, where he spent 4 years before joining NHS Calderdale as Medical Director in 2009.

Matt lives in Calderdale and is married with two children. He is passionate about helping to make health and social care services in Calderdale the best they can be. Matt is a member of the Finance and Performance Committee and the Commissioning Primary Medical Services Committee.  (Back to top)

Neil Smurthwaite
Chief Finance Officer, Deputy Chief Officer

Neil Smurthwaite has recently joined the CCG having previously been Chief Financial Officer with Airedale Wharfedale and Craven CCG.

He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has worked in finance for more than 20 years, joining the NHS seven years ago.  Previously, he was a Director of Finance in social housing and worked for over eight years as a senior client manager in a top 10 accountancy firm in Leeds which specialised in public sector audit and consultancy.

Neil has lived in Calderdale for over 10 years and considers it his adopted home after moving from the south coast many years ago. He is married with three children and two dogs. After many years of being a slave to rugby, Neil has now turned his hand to running and gardening, in between being his kids’ taxi driver!.  (Back to top)


Dr Rob Atkinson, Secondary Care Specialist

Rob studied medicine at the University of Leicester, before qualifying in 1996. He is currently a Consultant Gastrointestinologist at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Clinical Director for Acute, Specialist and Emergency Medicine, with responsibility for clinical strategy, quality and governance.

He joined the Governing Body for NHS Calderdale CCG in July 2017 as our Secondary Care Specialist and also sits on the Commissioning Primary Medical Services Committee.

Away from work, Rob is married with three children and enjoys cooking, tennis, bridge and walking.  (Back to top) 

Dr Helen Davies
GP Member of the Governing Body

Helen has worked as a GP, based in Hebden Bridge for 25 years, during which time she has developed a deep understanding of the needs of patients. Serving on the CCG’s Governing Body will enable Helen to use this experience to help improve care systems in place across Calderdale.

Helen has a great deal of experience in both training and appraising GPs and a comprehensive knowledge of the challenges general practitioners face across Calderdale, but also the opportunities available to them to improve patients’ lives.
Helen has a particular interest in developing patient self-care; improving people’s knowledge facilitate healthy lifestyles, empower patients in the personal management of their illness and educate residents on how to best use their local care services to help improve the health of our population and the efficiency of our care services. (Back to top)

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