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Sir Neil McKay to chair Manchester’s cardiac management board


Sir Neil McKay has been appointed to chair the Joint Management Board for Cardiac Services, set up to bring together cardiovascular clinical services and research programmes across Manchester.

This follows the announcement that we (CMFT), together with the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) are establishing a joint venture to create a single cardiac service providing care for patients in Greater Manchester and the North West.

Working with The University of Manchester as partners in the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC), the overall aim is to develop a world leading centre which will improve the cardiac health of the people of Greater Manchester and the wider North West whilst also undertaking cutting edge research.

In his new role, Sir Neil will work closely with Sir Michael Deegan, Chief Executive of CMFT, Dr Attila Vegh, Chief Executive of UHSM and Professor Bill McKenna, MAHSC Cardiac Lead Director. As Chair, Sir Neil's key priority will be to oversee progress against the plan to create the single cardiac service and ensure the joint venture is implemented by 1st October.

Since joining the NHS in 1972, Sir Neil has held senior management and leadership roles in NHS Trusts across the North of England and Midlands, and was also chief operating officer at the Department of Health from 2000-2002.  He subsequently became chief executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and then NHS Midlands and East, and currently works with a management consultancy specialising in the health sector.

Welcoming Sir Neil's appointment, Professor Ian Jacobs, Director of MAHSC and Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences at The University of Manchester, said: "It is a considerable coup for MAHSC to have a leader of Neil's stature and experience as Chair of the Board.  He brings significant strategic and operational management expertise from many years of working alongside clinicians and researchers at both a regional and national level. This is a key development for us clinically and academically, so it is important to have someone of Neil's status and expertise as Chair."

MAHSC (the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre) is a partnership between The University of Manchester and six NHS organisations. Our NHS partners are some of the most highly rated NHS Trusts in the country, and The University of Manchester is one of the top three UK research universities (RAE 2008). We are proud to be one of only six centres in the country currently designated as an AHSC. AHSC designation recognises excellence across research, innovation, education and patient service, and in particular the potential to excel in translational medicine.

Through partnership with the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network, MAHSC acts as a beacon within the local health system, providing clinical leadership and helping health care organisations reap the benefits of research and innovation to drive improvements in care. www.mahsc.ac.uk

The MAHSC partners are:

• The University of Manchester

• Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

• Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust

• Salford CCG (formerly NHS Salford) as lead representative for GM CCGs

• Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

• The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

• University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust