WORKFORCE: A GP commissioner has been appointed as deputy chair of West Sussex’s emerging health and wellbeing board.

Minesh Patel, from the Moatfield Surgery in East Grinstead, is chair of Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group.

The board, chaired by county council leader Louise Goldsmith, has already met twice and Dr Patel was appointed at its second meeting.

Dr Patel said: “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.”

West Sussex County Council leader Louise Goldsmith added: “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.”