Fatima Khan-Shah has been appointed as a lay member of NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Governing Body with responsibility for patient and public involvement.
Fatima is well known locally for her actively championing patients and the role of carers. She is a member of the Carers Strategy Group and played a key role in the development of the Kirklees Carers Charter, which was recently shortlisted for a Health Service Journal award.
In addition, Fatima is a Scrutiny Co-Optee for education, Kirklees Council, a school governor at Reinwood Nursery Infant School, Huddersfield, former patient representative at NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG and former chair of Healthwatch Kirklees. Fatima also manages her own pharmacy in Bradford.
Dr David Kelly, Chair of NHS North Kirklees CCG, said: “We’re really delighted to have Fatima Khan-Shah joining our Governing Body. She has specific expertise and experience around patient and public engagement, as well as a sound knowledge of our local community and the vital role of carers. I’m sure she will contribute a great deal to our efforts to create a local NHS which meets our patients’ needs.”
Commenting on her appointment, Fatima said: “I am enthusiastic about my appointment and see it as an opportunity to continue to represent and engage with the views of our rich and diverse communities, based on an ongoing, two-way communication. By creating opportunities for their empowerment in the CCG, I will ensure that patient and public expectations and experiences are used to influence strategies and decisions.”
Fatima takes over the role from Kiran Bali, whose term of office recently came to an end. The appointment is for three years.