Group which improves health across Greater Manchester has new leader

Dr. Kiran Patel

A clinically led commissioning collaborative which drives forward improvement in health outcomes for the population of Greater Manchester has a new Clinical Chair at the helm.

Dr. Kiran Patel, a GP from Bury, and Chair & Clinical Lead of NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has taken over the reins as Clinical Chair of ‘The Association Governing Group’ from Dr. Hamish Stedman of NHS Salford CCG, who retired in July.

The Association Governing Group, known as the AGG for short, is a partnership of all 12 CCG’s in Greater Manchester.  CCG’s are clinically led organisations responsible for planning and purchasing a wide range of health care services for their local communities.

The AGG brings together this clinical and managerial leadership and expertise from across Greater Manchester to drive forward transformational changes in the way services are planned and delivered, whilst working in collaboration with other partners in health and social care.

Dr. Patel takes on this new role as part of a strengthened AGG leadership model to support health and social care transformation in Greater Manchester.  The role is for two years and in addition to Dr. Patel’s current responsibilities at his Practice and at NHS Bury CCG.

Within the AGG, key decisions are made jointly by the 12 CCGs, ensuring they are evidence based, will successfully deliver change and are aligned to the health and social care plans and priorities as part of the new powers and responsibilities that come with GM Devolution. The group plays a key role in GM Devolution by providing senior leadership to GM wide programmes and represents the voice of clinical commissioners at key meetings where decisions are made.

The group has identified a number of priorities for the year ahead, these include:
·         Aligning itself with the GM “Taking Charge” Strategic Plan (which details the collective ambition for the region over the next five year);
·         Supporting the development and delivery of the Greater Manchester’s Commissioning for Reform Strategy (which outlines the ambitious five-year vision and implementation plan to deliver improvement and reform of health and social care services across Greater Manchester);
·         Primary care including GP services;
·         Urgent care services;
·         Children’s and maternity care, and
·         Standardising hospital care

Dr. Kiran Patel said: “I am delighted to have taken on this new leadership role with a Greater Manchester focus.  The AGG is a vital component in helping us to tackle some of the major health challenges we face in Greater Manchester by bringing together clinical expertise and leadership and facilitating CCGs making decisions together to ensure maximum gain. I look forward to working collaboratively with partners in the health and social care system to improve health and social care outcomes for everyone.  It’s an exciting time for Greater Manchester and GM Devolution offers us lots of opportunities.”

“I want to personally thank Dr. Hamish Stedman for his leadership of the AGG since 2013, and I wish him well in his retirement.”

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