A GP from Prestwich has been appointed as the new Chair of NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Dr. Jeffrey Schryer, a GP from Whittaker Lane Medical Centre in Prestwich, will take up the role of NHS Bury CCG Chair from 1st April 2018 for a three year term of office, taking over the reins from Dr. Kiran Patel.

Dr. Schryer has been a GP for over 28 years. He qualified from Manchester University in 1986 and has a long standing interest in medical education including undergraduate and GP training. In the past, he has run the North Manchester GP Vocational Training Scheme and was previously an Associate Dean at Manchester Medical School, he has also worked in a prison providing primary care services. Dr. Schryer became Clinical Director for the CCG in October 2014, sitting on the CCG’s Governing Body and taking a lead on mental health, dementia and primary care. He is also the GP Dementia Lead for the Strategic Clinical Network in Greater Manchester. Dr. Schryer, who is married with seven children and seven grandchildren, will continue to practise as a GP at Whittaker Lane Medical Centre in Prestwich.

Speaking about his appointment, Dr. Schryer said:

“I feel privileged to have been appointed as Chair of NHS Bury CCG and look forward to taking over the reins in this key role, as health and care in Bury enters an exciting new chapter. During my time on the Governing Body as Clinical Director, I have felt proud of what we have achieved in Bury to improve health and care locally, from the teams who plan services behind the scenes, to the work of our GP practices and other providers who deliver care at the frontline.”

“Despite the strides we have taken to improve health and care there is always more to do, and as Bury transforms health and social care over the coming years to meet the needs of local people in the future, I feel ready for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead to continually improve the quality and standards of care.”

“Having worked with our last Chair, Dr. Kiran Patel, during my time on the Governing Body, I have personally witnessed how Kiran’s commitment has helped to develop and improve local health services. I thank him for the work he has done to date and now look forward to working with colleagues and partners to continue to build on his good work.”

Stuart North, Chief Officer for NHS Bury CCG added: “The Governing Body and I are delighted to welcome Jeff as Chair of NHS Bury CCG from April. Jeff brings a wealth of varied experience to the CCG, from working on the frontline as a GP, to planning and commissioning services through his role as Clinical Director of the CCG since 2014. Moving into the role of Chair of the CCG is a natural next step for Jeff, and I wish him all the best in his new role.”

ENDS

Date: 28th March 2018

Notes to Editor: A photograph of Dr. Jeff Schryer is attached.

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