Appointment of PCB chair and vice-chair 


Plans are underway to appoint a new chair and vice-chair to the PCB.

The post-holders will represent and support the four areas of primary care – dentistry, general practice, pharmacy and optometry – providing a unified voice within Greater Manchester.

The applications process for a new chair and vice-chair of Greater Manchester Primary Care Provider Board (PCB) is under way.

Successful candidates for the two roles will be announced at the end of June.

The chair will lead the PCB on strategic matters and represent primary care, and PCB members, at a Greater Manchester level. The post runs for three years and the vice-chair will deputise.

Outgoing chair of the PCB, and chair of the Greater Manchester Optometry Provider Board, Dharmesh Patel, said: “The new chair and vice-chair will take over at a pivotal point in the PCB’s journey as we embark on building a primary care system for the future.

“Feedback is currently being collated on the Primary Care Blueprint Engagement Draft so Greater Manchester can shape and develop plans for how we will work together sustainably for the benefit of our patients and our colleagues.

“I look forward to handing over to my successor who will support and represent the four areas of primary care – dentistry, general practice, pharmacy and optometry – and give them a unified voice in Greater Manchester.”

Dr Tracey Vell, chief officer of the PCB, added: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Dharmesh for his support of the PCB so far and for all his hard work in representing primary care on the wider stage.

“We will continue to work together in many other roles and I look forward to welcoming our new chair and vice-chair once appointed.”

Applications for the roles were open to existing PCB members and the deadline for submissions was Friday 26 May.

Interviews will take place mid-June, with final appointments made at the end of that month. The posts will officially commence at the end of July to coincide with the monthly PCB meeting.