PCCS Council News
We are pleased to announce that Dr Raj Thakkar will be joining Council as our CKD representative. Raj’s varied roles have included working as a GP partner since 2004, Clinical Commissioning Director for Bucks CCG in planned care, Cardiac Lead for Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network, primary care cardiology lead for the Oxford Academic Health Science Network and atrial fibrillation champion for NHSIQ Thames Valley. He is also a member of the NHSE/I expert group for heart failure and valve disease and is currently the national primary care workstream co-lead for the Cardiac Pathways Improve Programme.
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The Physician Associate Role:
Last month we shared our newest Observer Member, Paul Gilbert’s insight into the role of the Physicians Associate –healthcare professionals with a generalist medical education who work alongside doctors and surgeons providing medical care, as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. This month, in the second part, we speak to our 2,000th member, Lisa Brand, who tells us about her perspective on this relatively new role.