Local GP leads the way to further improve health and social care in West Sussex

Thursday 28th February, 2013

A West Sussex GP, who is already leading NHS reforms locally, has now taken a leading role to ensure further improvements to health and social care are achieved across the county.

Minesh Patel, GP at Moatfield Surgery in East Grinstead and Chair of Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group, has been appointed as Deputy Chair of West Sussex’s Health and Wellbeing Board.

The Health and Wellbeing Board brings together the NHS, public health, social care, and elected representatives to work together to improve the health and wellbeing of the county’s population and reduce health inequalities.

The aim of the board is to strengthen working relationships between health and social care, and to encourage the development of more integrated services.

The Board, chaired by County Council leader Louise Goldsmith, has already met twice and Dr Patel was appointed at the second meeting.

Dr Patel said he was very pleased to take up the position: “This is an incredible opportunity for health and social care to work even closer together so we can make sure we are making the right decisions to support our patients and residents.

“By bringing together health and social care in this strategic way we have a real chance of making a real difference to the services people in West Sussex receive and the way they are treated.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the NHS to work alongside the County Council, targeting the areas within the county that need improving the most.”

West Sussex County Council leader Louise Goldsmith said: “I look forward to working alongside Dr Patel and calling upon his expertise as a working GP to help inform strategic commissioning decisions by the Board.

“I firmly believe this will reinforce the sense of joint working between the County Council and the health service.

“I particularly look forward to working with him and the Board to join up and improve our health and social care services for the benefit of residents in West Sussex.”

For more information on the role of the board in West Sussex, as well as agendas, meetings and minutes, visit the county council website.