PCB appoints new chair and vice-chair


Greater Manchester Primary Care Provider Board (PCB) welcomes new chair Luvjit Kandula who replaces Dharmesh Patel.

Dr Tim Dalton has also been appointed to the role of vice-chair.

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.

Greater Manchester Primary Care Provider Board (PCB) is delighted to announce Luvjit Kandula as new chair of the PCB and Dr Tim Dalton as vice-chair.

Luvjit takes over the role from Dharmesh Patel who has been chair since the inception of the PCB in 2015.

A pharmacist by background, Luvjit has extensive leadership experience as Director of Pharmacy Transformation and Chief Officer of Greater Manchester Local Pharmacy Committee. She is also chair of the Greater Manchester Community Pharmacy Provider Board and will continue to do this alongside her new role as PCB chair.

Luvjit said: “It’s an honour to succeed Dharmesh as chair of the PCB.

“I am excited to be appointed as chair at this pivotal point as we shape and develop plans for the future of primary care through the Primary Care Blueprint.

“I will continue to ensure that the PCB provides a strong and unified voice for primary care within Greater Manchester, to improve quality and deliver better patient outcomes.”

Dr Tim Dalton, said: “As chair of the Greater Manchester General Practice Provider Board, I am thrilled to take on the additional role of vice-chair of the PCB, working alongside Luvjit and other PCB members to deliver the collective aims of our integrated care partnership.”

Outgoing chair of the PCB and chair of the Optometry Provider Board, Dharmesh Patel, added: “After eight years of chairing the PCB, I am delighted to hand the reins to Luvjit.

“Luvjit has a wealth of experience, and we will all benefit from her leadership and knowledge, alongside that of Dr Tim Dalton who will deputise for Luvjit.

“I offer my congratulations to them both and look forward to continuing to support them as chair of the Greater Manchester Optometry Provider Board.”

Luvjit and Tim take up their respective roles as chair and vice-chair from 7 August. Both roles will continue for a period of three years.