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The clinical board is accountable to the council of members and has responsibility for:

Membership of the board includes six elected GPs, the chief officer, chief financial officer, director of quality, director of strategy and a representative of the local authority’s public health team.

Meet the board:

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Dr Aamer Khan, GP member

Aamer was born and educated in Bradford and has been a doctor in the city for 15 years and worked as a GP for eight of those years. He qualified from Leeds University School of Medicine and has worked in a variety of specialties in a training role in West Yorkshire, including surgery and psychiatry, prior to his GP training. He is the lead partner in two practices in the heart of the city and is responsible for developing these practices into clinically led and professionally managed quality care providers. He is also involved in teaching medical students from his old university and has a keen interest in the practice of more traditional medicine, such as acupuncture

Dr Akram Khan, chair

Akram trained in Sheffield and took on house jobs in Worksop and Halifax followed by a stint in casualty in Barnsley. He spent 18 months in a general medicine hospital career before he decided to go into primary care, joining the Bradford GP training scheme. He spent six months as a locum and then settled into his current practice, Avicenna Medical Practice, which has since consolidated from three sites to one inner city site. He was secretary of the small practices’ association – made up of 47 practices – and was then elected to Bradford City Teaching Primary Care Trust (tPCT) where he was health improvement and inequalities lead and also focused on clinical staff training and research governance.

He is active in the voluntary sector, with a focus on education, community development, and race equality. He also has interests in international health development, especially in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Dr Anne Connolly, GP member

Anne ConnollyHaving survived a two year posting to a mission hospital in rural Zimbabwe, Anne returned to General Practice in Bradford in 1990 where she helped develop a leading edge teaching practice whilst raising her four children. She has recently made the move to work with the team at Bevan Healthcare, in the centre of Bradford, providing healthcare for those who find this most difficult to access; including asylum seekers, refugees, homeless and sex workers.

Over the years Anne has developed enhanced skills in gynaecology and contraception and has worked as clinical specialty lead commissioning services for maternity, women’s and sexual health for Bradford and Airedale since 2006. 

With her passion for improving the delivery of women’s health care in primary care through education and the sharing of best practice Anne is the chair of the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum, Vice President (membership) for the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare and is a women’s health representative for the RCGP. 

Anne’s board role for Bradford City CCG includes leading on the work of transformation of maternity and child healthcare.

Dr Raf Rashid, GP member

Raf is a GP partner at Picton Medical Centre. Bradford born and bred, he graduated from University of Liverpool Medical School and worked in Australia before working in Bradford again. He was the CCG’s transformation lead in the commissioning of health services for children and young adults as well as maternity services. He leads the integrated care for adults programme in Bradford City and is the vice chair of the Bradford transformation and integration group (TIG). His other commissioning lead area is bringing health research into Bradford, which he feels very passionate about.

Dr Sohail Abbas, GP member

Sohail completed his undergraduate medical training in Pakistan and moved to the UK in 2002. He worked in various clinical specialities in different parts of country and completed his general practice training in 2007. Along with his interest in elderly medicine and diabetes, he has always been keen to participate in service development and improving patient care. He worked as clinical director of adult community services in Salford before joining Kensington Street Health Centre, Bradford, as a GP partner in 2012. As a Clinical Board member he leads on Bradford Beating Diabetes and out-of-hospital care programmes.

Dr Waheed Hussain, GP member

Waheed has been GP lead for diabetes and medicinal management at his practice and is lead for quality outcomes framework (QOF) and key prescribing performance indicator (KPPI) and interventions with district nurses and palliative care, along with management responsibilities. 

Helen Hirst, accountable officer

Helen became the accountable officer for the three CCGs in the Bradford District and Craven – Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, Bradford City and Bradford Districts – in October 2016 having previously been in the same role for Bradford City and Districts CCGs since their establishment in 2013.  In the last few years Helen has also undertaken interim roles with NHS England (director of CCG development) and with the Vale of York CCG (accountable officer).  Helen has worked in Bradford since 1992 and was the deputy chief executive of the former Bradford and Airedale Teaching PCT.  In 2010 Helen took a two year secondment with the Department of Health as programme director for primary care commissioning as part of the NHS Commissioning Board establishment team.

Helen spends her time outside of work with her family and a varied assortment of animals.  She’s married with an 11 year old daughter and 27 year old step daughter.

Julie Lawreniuk, chief finance officer and deputy chief officer

Julie is a qualified accountant who has worked in the NHS since 1991.  During this time, she has worked in a number of senior finance roles across West Yorkshire including more recently joint chief finance officer for Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield CCGs and executive director of finance and efficiency for NHS Calderdale.

Julie is married and lives in Bradford, she has two grown up daughters and is a passionate supporter of Bradford City football club.

Liz Allen, director of strategy

Liz is a registered nurse and has spent the greater part of her life on the frontline of delivering healthcare as a practice nurse. In that time she gained a community nursing degree and then went on to work for Bradford Health Authority as a practice nurse advisor and primary care facilitator. Having completed a master’s degree in management and leadership, Liz then moved into the world of PCTs, first managing teams of community staff and then taking lead roles in nursing, professional and practice development, and quality.

Michelle Turner, director of quality

Michelle is a registered nurse and trained as a district nurse and health visitor; she holds degrees from King's College, London and City University, London. She entered health service management in West London in 2002 after a long period of frontline practice as a health visitor in White City. She has been acting director of primary care for two PCTs, and was deputy director for transformation and integration in NHS Bradford and Airedale. She was seconded to Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust in 2010 to lead the development of the Trust's end of life strategy. Michelle is passionate about the NHS and its services to patients.

Sarah Muckle, public health

SM V1Sarah is a public health specialist working as deputy to Bradford’s director of public health. She worked previously in Kirklees as a public health consultant in both the primary care trust (PCT) and local authority.

Some of her key achievements include developing a community-based chronic pain service which achieved national recognition and informed a national chronic pain strategy and Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) commissioning guidance, development of an online self-care tool that was nominated for a national award, and development of a nationally recognised self-care programme.

Sarah started her public health career 12 years ago in the Scottish Borders working in a role focused on applying public health knowledge and skills in primary care and community services to embed principles around improving health, protecting health and reducing health inequalities.

Toni Williams, public health consultant

Toni Williams is a consultant in public health in Bradford. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh she worked for a number of years in health protection, before moving to London where she worked for Westminster PCT and Westminster City Council, providing public health support for the joint commissioning of services for vulnerable adults, tackling issues around mental health, homelessness, drugs and alcohol, and suicide prevention.

In 2010 Toni moved to Yorkshire to begin her higher specialty training in public health. Over the four years of training she worked in a number of settings, with a range of partners including NHS Bradford and Airedale, the Health Protection Agency, University of Sheffield, West Yorkshire Police, and Wakefield Council. In 2014 Toni joined the public health team at Bradford Council and provides public health support and advice to the CCG