Informatics, patient involvement, and service change are clinical commissioning group leaders’ weakest areas, according to their responses to the HSJ/GatenbySanderson barometer survey.

Respondents were asked to rate their CCG’s leaders in 12 areas.

The area of greatest weakness was informatics. Only 41 per cent said they were strong or very strong, and 26 per cent said they were weak or very weak. The rest said they were neutral.

For patient and public involvement, 53 per cent said their CCG was strong or very strong, and 16 per cent said weak or very weak.

On implementing service change, 49 per cent said they were strong or very strong, and 11 per cent weak or very weak.

Respondents identified their CCG’s strongest area as leadership, for which 93 per cent said they were strong or very strong. The next two strongest were quality improvement (85 per cent) and clinical governance (83 per cent).

The survey also indicates CCGs’ most senior GP and managers play a strong role in leading the organisations, while other clinicians on the board and in the area do not.

Respondents were asked to rate the contribution made by different groups to their CCG’s leadership.

CCGs’ most senior GP lead and most senior manager were both said to make a large contribution by 94 per cent.

Eighty per cent said “other senior managerial leaders” made a large contribution, and 62 per cent said “other GPs on the CCG governing body” did so.

However, only 7 per cent said “GPs within the area who are not on the governing body” made a large contribution.

Only nine per cent said the hospital doctor on the governing body made a large contribution.

For the nurse on their CCG’s governing body, 48 per cent said the individual made a large contribution.