Clare Watson

Accountable Officer, NHS Cheshire CCG

Clare Watson started her role as Single Accountable Officer for the four Cheshire CCGs in January 2019 and led the merger of the four organisations to become Cheshire CCG on 1st April 2020.

Working in the NHS for over 25 years, Clare has a clear focus on integration and partnership working. Bringing her experience of transformation in Greater Manchester to commissioning in Cheshire, Clare has a passion for commissioning based on holistic health and wellbeing, making a real difference to local populations. Since Clare’s appointment as interim Accountable Officer of NHS South Cheshire CCG and NHS Vale Royal CCG in September 2017, she has worked with GP Members and other partners to support primary care at scale, enabling general practice to thrive and transform.

As the Accountable Officer for the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership, Clare is a member of the Partnership Board and Partnership Co-ordination Group. Clare is also an active member of the Out of Hospital Cell Oversight Group and Cabinet and is the Co-lead for the Primary Care Sub Cell.

Why are you passionate about health and care across Cheshire and Merseyside?

We have a responsibility to our population to work with them to be the best we can through our commissioning and delivery of care, but our priority has to be to keep our population as engaged residents and not service users or patients. Cheshire and Merseyside has a diverse geography, with inequalities and challenges, but lots of brilliance and passion, so a great place to start.

What do you do to improve your health and mental wellbeing on a day-to-day basis?

I have a new found enthusiasm for cycling on my exercise bike whilst watching Netflix as well as walking and tennis. I also enjoy baking and cooking and I like to read before bed to wind down.