Simon Perks is Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group’s Accountable Officer and is responsible for making sure the group carries out its responsibilities to the local population. Simon works directly with local GPs to establish Clinical Commissioning Groups.
He started his NHS career in 1979 when he qualified as a nurse at Westminster Hospital. Moving into hospital general management in the 1990s, Simon worked in a number of London hospitals before moving to Kent and Canterbury Hospitals and later East Kent Hospitals Trust. Simon was Director of Operations and, later, Director of Business Development at Queen Mary’s, Sidcup. He returned to east Kent and into commissioning at NHS Eastern and Coastal Kent primary care trust in 2008. Here, as Deputy Director of Commissioning, he was responsible for developing strategic and operational plans and for the leadership of practice based commissioning.