• Dr Richard Preece is to be appointed Executive Lead for Quality of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
  • He will report to new GMHSC Partnership Chief Officer Jon Rouse and will play a critical leadership role, working closely with partners to deliver the five-year vision to radically improve health outcomes in Greater Manchester

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership – the body overseeing devolution of health and social care in Greater Manchester – has announced a new senior director.

Dr Richard Preece will become the Executive Lead for Quality – his role will be to establish functional relationships with clinical, professional, regulatory, research and patient groups across all areas of health and social care in Greater Manchester to influence and shape the delivery of exceptional levels of quality of care.

He will work closely with the 37 NHS organisations and councils in the city region, which forms the GMHSC Partnership that has taken charge of the £6bn health and social care budget. His appointment follows the news earlier this month that three new senior executives are to join Jon Rouse’s senior leadership team.

Richard joins from Allied Healthcare, where he has been medical director for NHS community health services and the largest provider of homecare in the UK. Immediately prior to this he was a NHS consultant in occupational medicine practising in Cheshire and at The Christie Hospital in Manchester. He has previously held senior management roles at Saga (the leading provider of services for over 50s in the UK) and AstraZeneca UK.

In the past three years he has worked closely with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on the implementation of the Care Act in England supporting the development of its new inspection and market oversight regime.

Dr Richard Preece said: “This is a fabulous opportunity for me to play my part to ensure Greater Manchester has consistently good quality across all of its health and social care services.

“I am looking forward to the challenge of working closely with all partners across GM to make the aspirations of GM’s plans a reality for the benefit of patients and local communities.”

Two weeks ago the Partnership announced the first three new senior executives to join the management team.

Richard Jones (Executive Lead for Adult Social Care), Nicky O’Connor (Chief Operating Officer) and Steve Wilson (Executive Lead Finance and Investment) will join the senior management team in the next two months.

Jon Rouse said: “We now have the freedom and flexibility to focus on our place and our people, making our own decisions about some of the most important things in our life, not just health but education, skills, housing, planning and work.

“We have an ambitious transformation programme across GM, supported by a £450m investment fund and the £6bn budget we have taken charge of, but we must also make sure we concentrate on the current quality of services as well as the longer term

“We will work together across GM to make sure expertise, experience and efficiencies can be shared widely so that everyone here can benefit equally from the same high standards of care.”