Dr. Kiran Patel, Chair of NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will leave his position at the CCG at the end of March 2018, to take up a new role.

Dr. Patel, who is also a GP at Greenmount Medical Centre in Bury, has led the CCG as its Clinical Chair since its formation in April 2013, and will attend the CCG Governing Body as Chair for the last time on 28th March.

A principal GP at Greenmount Medical Centre, Dr. Patel brings extensive experience of the health service both at a regional and borough level, as well as ongoing day to day experience in the delivery of primary care services to his patients.  Dr. Patel graduated from the University of Manchester in 1988 and after working in a number of hospitals across the region, he came to work in Bury in 1993 and became a partner at Greenmount Medical Centre in 1996.  Dr. Patel was instrumental in the setting up of the CCG in 2013 as it replaced the former Primary Care Trust (PCT), and clinically led a team in the development of the then shadow CCG in the previous 12 months. Dr. Patel also currently serves as the Chair of the Greater Manchester Association of CCG’s, a role he will hand over the reins of to a new Chair at the end of the month.

Dr. Patel’s tenure as Chair of NHS Bury CCG was due to come to an end in March 2019.   He will take up the brand new role of Medical Director for Bury GP Federation from 1st April 2018.  This new position will give Dr. Patel the opportunity to play a more active role in shaping the future model for GP primary care services to meet patients’ needs now and in the future.  He will also continue to practise as a GP.

During his time at the CCG, Dr. Patel has had a key influential role in:

  • Securing additional funding for Bury, including to transform services for children and young people, and to became an early adopter area for providing GP extended working hours appointments.
  • Working with GP Practices to implement a number of primary care quality standards such as improving access to services.
  • The CCG successfully taking on delegated commissioning of GP (primary care) services from NHS England, giving the CCG more say about how money is spent to improve services for local people.
  • Rolling out innovative initiatives including a project which saw GPs and care homes working more closely together to offer responsive care for patients, and GP practices taking a more active role in the diagnosis and management of dementia.
  • Ensuring that Bury is well represented at the Greater Manchester level, including securing a fair share of the Devolution deal.
  • Increasing the amount of money Bury receives for health care in Bury, bringing the town closer to its target allocation.

Dr. Kiran Patel said: “It has been a huge privilege to lead the CCG as Clinical Chair over the last 5 years and I am proud of what the team at the CCG, our GP Practices and our providers have achieved together.   I have thoroughly enjoyed working with a skilled and dedicated team who have genuine concern for local people, continually striving for high quality and standards of care.”

“I am very proud of the improvements that have been made during this time, and as health and social care enters an exciting new chapter, I wish my colleagues at the CCG and within Bury Council every success in the challenges and opportunities that health and social care devolution will bring to Bury.”

Stuart North, Chief Officer for NHS Bury CCG added: “Anyone who knows Kiran will agree that his commitment to developing and improving health services in Bury has been unswerving. Kiran has guided and motivated us to continually improve, and together the CCG, our GP Practices and our partners have made some great improvements to health and care in Bury. Kiran has set us in good stead for the future, and he will be greatly missed.  On behalf of the team at the CCG, we wish him the very best for the future.”

Details in relation to a new Chair of NHS Bury CCG from 1st April 2018 will be confirmed shortly.

ENDS

Date: 21st March 2018