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Commissioning Primary Medical Services Committee

The Calderdale Primary Care Co-Commissioning Committee has been established in accordance with the delegated agreement between NHS England and NHS Calderdale CCG which came into effect on 1st April 2015.

Details of previous and forthcoming meetings, including agenda and papers can be found here

Dr Alan Brook – Chair of CCG
Dr Matt Walsh – Chief Officer
Neil Smurthwaite – Chief Finance Officer, Deputy Chief Officer
Jackie Bird – Registered Nurse
John Mallalieu, Lay Advisor (Finance, Performance & External Relations) Chair
Dr Rajesh Phatak – Secondary Care Specialist
Kate Smyth -Lay Member (Public and Patient Involvement) & Hal
Dr Caroline Taylor –  Member of the Governing Body


058_NHS_April16_Portraits_Dr Alan Brook
Chair of CCG

Alan Brook has been a GP in Brighouse since 1987 and was one of two national GP trainee representatives on the Royal College of General Practitioners.

On arrival in Calderdale he joined the Local Medical Committee and later served as its Chair. In 1990 Alan founded the Audit Group, which helped local GP practices to compare their performance with others and identify areas for improvement. He then chaired the Primary Care Group, which in turn became a Primary Care Trust.

Alan is currently a member of the CCG’s Remuneration Committee, the Commissioning Primary Medical Services Committee and is Clinical Lead for Information Management and Technology. He strives for excellence in his practice and encourages others to do the same.

Alan lives in Calderdale and is married with three grown-up children. His interests include gardening, beekeeping, woodturning, cooking, skiing and walking. He and his wife are season ticket holders at Huddersfield Town Football Club. (Back to top)


055_NHS_April16_Portraits_Dr Matt Walsh
Chief Officer

Matt graduated from the University of Leeds Medical School in 1987. After various hospital and GP training posts in Bradford, he became a GP partner in 1991 and was appointed as a GP trainer two years later.

Matt spent 6 years in senior management as Medical Director for Bradford South and West Primary Care Trust, and was responsible for bringing the four Bradford and Airedale CCGs together to create a single Bradford and Airedale PCT. He then moved to a role in NHS Leeds PCT as Medical Director and Executive Director for Commissioning, where he spent 4 years before joining NHS Calderdale as Medical Director in 2009.

Matt lives in Calderdale and is married with two children. He is passionate about helping to make health and social care services in Calderdale the best they can be. Matt is a member of the Finance and Performance Committee and the Commissioning Primary Medical Services Committee.  (Back to top)



Neil Smurthwaite
Chief Finance Officer, Deputy Chief Officer

Neil Smurthwaite has recently joined the CCG having previously been Chief Financial Officer with Airedale Wharfedale and Craven CCG.

He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has worked in finance for more than 20 years, joining the NHS seven years ago.  Previously, he was a Director of Finance in social housing and worked for over eight years as a senior client manager in a top 10 accountancy firm in Leeds which specialised in public sector audit and consultancy.

Neil has lived in Calderdale for over 10 years and considers it his adopted home after moving from the south coast many years ago. He is married with three children and two dogs. After many years of being a slave to rugby, Neil has now turned his hand to running and gardening, in between being his kids’ taxi driver!.  (Back to top)


009_NHS_April16_Portraits_Dr Rajesh Phatak
Secondary Care Specialist

Rajesh graduated from Mumbai University in 1997 and moved to the UK in Dec 2002 after completing his initial Paediatric Training. After further training posts in London, Leeds, Hull, Bradford (Anaesthesia) and Southampton (PICU), he was appointed as a Consultant Paediatric Intensivist in July 2011.

He is part of the North West and North Wales Transport Service, which delivers paediatric intensive care advice and retrieval services to North West England and North Wales. He has been recently appointed as Lead Clinician for the North West Paediatric Critical Care network and is an advisor on the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death neuro-disability study.

He is an exams board member for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and has a keen interest in education, regularly teaching on Advanced Paediatric Life Support and Paediatrics BASIC courses. Rajesh has also worked with a cardiac surgical charity, Healing Little Hearts and has a keen interest in ensuring learning from clinical excellence is just as important as learning from untoward clinical events.


trans-jackie-birdJackie Bird,
Registered Nurse

Jackie holds the statutory role of Registered Nurse on Calderdale CCG’s Governing Body. She is seconded to this role from her substantive position as Executive Director of Nursing & Quality at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

As the CCG’s Registered Nurse, Jackie is able to develop her long-standing interest in patient safety, patient experience and clinical outcomes from a commissioning perspective. Jackie is a member of the CCG’s Audit, Remuneration and Commissioning Primary Medical Services Committees.

Jackie was awarded a Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholarship in 2013 and has applied it to the investigation into the development of a ‘kite mark’ for patient experience.
Jackie is the elected Director of Nursing representative on the board of Health Education (North West). A registered nurse and a mental health trained nurse, she holds an honours degree in nursing studies and a Masters in Management and Leadership.  (Back to top)


076_NHS_April16_Portraits_John Mallalieu, Lay Advisor (CHAIR)
(Finance, Performance & External Relations)

John joined the CCG having been a Non-Executive Director of Calderdale Primary Care Trust from 2009, and is a lay advisor to the Governing Body.

John is currently Managing Director of Turning Point, one of the Country’s leading social enterprises, with extensive experience in public, private and social enterprise organisations, John has held senior roles in both NHS Professionals and NHS Direct and moved to healthcare following a successful periods in Senior Management Roles with Dixons Stores Group International and in Retail Financial Services John also holds Trustee roles for a national conservation charity and a North-west Housing Association.

John is a Lay Advisor to the Governing Body, the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee. He is Chair of the Commissioning Primary Medical Services Committee and a member of the Finance and Performance Committee.  (Back to top)



046_NHS_April16_Portraits_Kate Smyth, Lay Member
(Public and Patient Involvement) & Hal

Kate has lived in Todmorden for over 30 years and has a special interest in how health and care services are delivered.

Her appointment to the Governing Body provides a perfect opportunity to be a champion for commissioning the best health services for the people of Calderdale and she believes passionately that the patient and public voice should be heard.

As a wheelchair user Kate (along with her trusted assistance dog Hal) has direct experience of how the delivery of health and care services impacts on patients and service users.

Kate is a member of the Audit, Quality and Commissioning Primary Medical Services Committees and chairs the Remuneration Committee. She holds a variety of non-executive posts in the voluntary sector in the local area and has a good understanding of the needs of vulnerable people. Kate has a degree in town planning and finds time to keep chickens and geese in her garden as well as being a self-appointed head gardener.  (Back to top)


078_NHS_April16_Portraits_Dr Caroline Taylor
GP Member of the Governing Body

Caroline graduated from Leeds Medical School in 1992, underwent GP training in York and Otley, and has held a variety of hospital and GP jobs, including working at Overgate Hospice for two years.

Caroline has been a GP in Calderdale since 1999 when she started working at Beechwood Medical Centre. She has always had a keen interest in mental health, and is the CCG’s clinical lead for mental health as well as being a member of the Finance and Performance and Commissioning Primary Medical Services Committees.

Caroline lives in Calderdale with her GP husband and teenage son and daughter, and is a big believer in the importance of a healthy lifestyle in maintaining both physical and mental health. Her favourite way to unwind is running and cycling in our beautiful Calderdale countryside.  (Back to top)


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