NHS North Kirklees CCG has announced the appointment of Dr Khalid Naeem as their new clinical chair of the governing body from 1st May 2020.

The 27 GP practices in the area serve a population of approximately 191,600 registered patients across an area including Dewsbury, Batley, Mirfield and Cleckheaton.

Khalid has been a GP in Batley for over 15 years and is a partner at Mount Pleasant Medical Centre. He has also been a member of the CCG’s governing body since it was first established in 2013 as the clinical lead for medicines management.

Dr Naeem will replace Dr David Kelly who announced he would be stepping down from the role last year. David has held the position since April 2013 and has helped shape the future direction of health and social care in North Kirklees.

On his appointment Dr Naeem said: “I am delighted to be taking on the challenge of this role and look forward to working with local GPs, practice staff, patients and the CCG to ensure we continue to build on our vision for the population of North Kirklees.”

Carol McKenna, CCG Chief Officer said: “I’m pleased to welcome Khalid to the role of clinical chair of North Kirklees CCG. I know he has a great deal of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to bring to his new role and I look forward to working alongside him.

“I’d like to express my thanks to David who has made a huge contribution to the CCG. As one of the founding members of North Kirklees CCG David has led us through some often challenging times and has worked to deliver our ambitions of high quality care and sustainable local services.”

Dr Naeem was selected through a formal recruitment process followed by membership endorsement. Dr Kelly will continue to work as a GP at Brookroyd Surgery, Heckmondwike.