Following an election process, Dr Preeti Shukla has been appointed as the new GP Executive Member of Blackburn with Darwen Governing Body.
She will replace Dr Tom Phillips who came to the end of his Term of Office. Dr Penny Morris, from Darwen, has also been re-elected to her role on the governing body.
Dr Shukla, who is a GP at Primrose Bank Medical Centre in Blackburn, completed her basic medical training in C.S.J.M University in India in 2003. She came to England and completed her Foundation year in 2005 in East Lancashire.
During her posting as a Foundation Year Two trainee at Pendleside Medical Practice, she fell in love with General Practice and decided to become a GP.
Dr Shukla did her vocational training program to become a GP in East Lancashire as well and had the opportunity to train further in two local practices, Peel House medical centre and Rhyddings practice in Oswaldtwistle.
After completion of training, she joined Primrose Bank Medical centre as a salaried GP.
Dr Shukla said: “It’s been five years and I still can’t believe it. Being a GP is the best job in the world, although General Practice is in crisis at present. To make a change and improve General Practice, I joined GP survival last year & am currently a committee member. I also joined Local Medical Committee in January which represents local GP’s.”
Dr Shukla was also elected to be sessional subcommittee GPC member for Northwest in BMA this year.
She has a seven year old son and her interests outside of work include walking outdoors, travelling and spending time with her son.
Dr Chris Clayton, Clinical Chief Officer for Blackburn with Darwen CCG said: “On behalf of the CCG, I should like to congratulate Dr Morris on her re-election and Dr Preeti Shukla on her successful election.
“We are sure that Dr Morris will continue to work hard for the CCG and her approach to member practice engagement will continue to be invaluable. I am very pleased to welcome Dr Shukla, with all of her energy and passion for General Practice, into the CCG and we look forward to working closely with her going forward.
“I should also like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Phillips for his hard work, energy, commitment, diplomacy and for the significant leadership he has shown over the years that he has worked for the CCG and those it represents. Dr Phillips has been a guiding force for the CCG since its inception and has continued to be an appraiser, GP trainer and above all, a passionate GP who believes firmly in the importance of General Practice in improving the health of our patients. I am confident that Dr Phillip’s skills will continue to be put to good use in a different capacity going forward and I am sure you will join me in wishing him all of the very best for the future.”
The CCG is still in the process of finalising arrangements in relation to the recruitment of the Lay Member Clinical Representative.
Mrs Anne Asher, Lay Member – Nurse Representative, on the Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body, retired last month at the end of her term of office. Mrs Asher has also previously worked in Blackburn with Darwen Primary Care Trust and Care Trust Plus between 2007 – 2013, holding a variety of roles in Governance, Quality, Performance and Commissioning. She was appointed as the Nurse Representative to Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group Board in October 2012.
Following discussions with NHS England, the CCG have now completed the recruitment of a Secondary Care Doctor and Dr Geraint Jones has formally being appointed to the post for a three year term of office.