What is Salford CCG

NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation that decides how to spend the NHS budget on the majority of health services for 270,000 people registered with a GP in Salford, Greater Manchester. This includes the care and treatment you receive in hospital, maternity services, community and mental health services. We also have delegated responsibility for commissioning general practice services.

Established under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 as a statutory body, every GP from the city’s 38 practices is a 'Member' of Salford CCG. As a CCG, we work hard to understand what is happening in Salford’s communities in order to commission the right services for the public.

To do this, the vast majority of decisions about how we use the public’s money is made by those clinicians who are closest to the people they look after – GPs and their practice staff. We work in partnership with health and social care partners (e.g. local hospitals, local authorities, the community and voluntary sector) and our Governing Body is made up of eight representatives of general practice from across Salford along with a chief accountable officer, chief finance officer, registered nurse, secondary care specialist and three lay members.

Salford is a city within Greater Manchester and made up of eight neighbourhoods:

  • Claremont and Weaste
  • East Salford
  • Eccles
  • Irlam and Cadishead
  • Little Hulton and Walkden
  • Ordsall and Langworthy
  • Swinton and Worsley
  • Boothstown

Salford is a growing city. Billions of pounds are being invested creating thousands of new jobs and homes. Yet Salford is a city of contrasts. Although there are diverse levels of affluence within the city, Salford is ranked as one of the most deprived local authority areas in England with life expectancy lower than the England average. Even within the city itself, people living in poorer areas live up to 14 years less than those in our richer neighbourhoods.

We’re also an ageing city. As more people call Salford ‘home’, more of us are living longer and often with complicated health conditions. This means more people need more help and support to stay well.

Our vision is for Salford CCG to commission (buy) high quality services to enable our population to live longer, healthier lives, which aligns with the vision of the Salford Locality Plan:

“Salford people will start, live and age well. People in Salford will get the best start in life, will go on to have a fulfilling and productive adulthood, will be able to manage their health well into their older age and die in a dignified manner in a setting of their choosing. People across Salford will experience health on a parallel with the current ‘best’ in Greater Manchester, and the gaps between communities will be narrower than they have ever been before.”

Please see our Integrated Commissioning Annual Plan 2021-22 and Salford Health and Social Care Commissioning plan summary.

We have four main aims:

  1. Prevent ill health
    We will help people make healthy choices to reduce health inequalities associated with lifestyle and we will direct our resources towards prevention. This will result in a reduction of the number of people who smoke, reduce the impact of alcohol related harm, and reduce levels of obesity across all age groups.
  2. Reduce health inequalities
    We will commission services that are tailored to local needs, provide additional support to vulnerable people, and ensure that health services are equitable. This will lead to an increase in life expectancy, a reduction in health inequalities experienced by many people in Salford, and reduce the rate of teenage pregnancy.
  3. Improve healthcare quality 
    We will commission high-quality value-for-money services that are delivered in line with best practice and safety standards; not only providing the best clinical 'outcomes' for patients, but also providing an improved patient experience.
  4. Improve health and wellbeing outcomes
    We will buy those services that are best designed to maximize health and wellbeing outcomes and locate services in the most appropriate settings that where possible are closer to people's homes.

Dr Tom Tasker


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Tom has worked as a GP in Salford since 1997 and currently practices at St Andrews Medical Centre in Eccles. Tom has been the Clinical Chair of Salford CCG since 2016. Prior to that he was our Mental Health Lead and Neighbourhood Lead for Eccles and Irlam. Tom is firmly committed to improving the health outcomes of people in Salford and is determined to continually improve our engagement work with patients, public and member practices. In 2018, he was appointed as Chair of the GM Association of CCGs. This role involves operating across all 10 local authorities and with the GM Health and Social Care Partnership senior leadership team. Tom is Co-chair of GM Health and Care Commissioning and is leading the work to successfully integrate commissioning of health and social care across GM between local authorities and CCGs.


Steve Dixon

Chief Accountable Officer

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Steve started his NHS career in 1995 at a large teaching hospital in Tyne and Wear.  He has undertaken a number of roles within provider Trusts, Health Authority, and within primary and community care.  Steve has worked in Salford for the past 19 years, 15 of which he has lived in the city. He joined Salford CCG when it was established in 2013 as Chief Finance Officer and more recently took on the role as Deputy Chief Accountable Officer in 2016.  In January 2020, he became Interim Chief Accountable Officer.  Steve has a strong background in developing successful, strategic partnerships with health and social care organisations and believes in the power of wide-ranging engagement with our local communities to ensure we deliver high performing services.




David Warhurst

Chief Finance Officer

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David Warhurst worked in Salford many years ago but has been working as Deputy Director of Finance at Tameside NHS Trust for the past 4 four years.  David joined Salford CCG as Chief Finance Officer in February 2020 where he has responsibility for the financial strategy, financial management and financial governance of the CCG.




Karen Proctor

Director of Commissioning

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Karen is the lead for commissioned services planning and redesign, performance and change management. Karen has line management responsibility for the service improvement, medicines management and continuing healthcare teams.







Claire Vaughan

Director of Quality

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Claire  is responsible for leading on improving the quality of commissioned services and  supporting quality improvement through the Safer Salford programme. She also provides professional leadership and pharmaceutical advice for the CCG and leads on the performance management and improvement of prescribing throughout the organisation.







Hannah Dobrowolska

Director of Corporate Services

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Hannah is the lead for strategic and business planning, organisational performance, Governing Body and governance matters, communications and engagement and a range of corporate office and administrative functions.