About us

The launch of Bradford Care Alliance heralds the start of a new era in healthcare for the diverse community of Bradford we serve. We are a Community Interest Company – a social enterprise that pools the expertise of all the district’s General Practices. This has created a platform for us be at the very heart of developing – and delivering – new care models and pathways that will improve the health and wellbeing of our patients. We form a core part of an emerging Provider Alliance that brings together the full range of health and social care providers in an unprecedented way. By breaking down organisational boundaries, and bidding ‘as one’ for an increasing range of contracts, we are best placed to deliver local, high quality, coordinated care in ways that break new ground. Our mission is fourfold:

We welcome you on the start of this journey. And look forward to sharing with you our progress towards achieving these ambitions.

MEET THE TEAM

Dr Richard Haddad
Dr Richard Haddad

The Bradford Care Alliance Chair is Dr Richard Haddad, who is also a practicing GP Partner at the Saltaire and Windhill Medical Partnership. Richard has years of experience of the politics and challenges in Bradford from his CCG Clinical Board and Out of Hospital days, and is acknowledged as a natural leader and relationship builder. His true belief in collaboration makes him the perfect Chair for BCA and an integral member of IMB, supporting vision whilst making things happen from the ground up in primary care and across the system.

Dr Ish Gilkar
Dr Ish Gilkar

Dr Ish Gilkar, of Little Horton Lane Medical Centre, has been a GP in Bradford for over 15 years. He has board member experience of both Bradford City CCG and the City Heath Federation. He said:

“I am very passionate about NHS services in Bradford, especially diabetes. I aim to bring fresh ideas and outlook, hard work, passion and innovation to the BCA Board role.”

Dr Himat Thandi
Dr Himat Thandi

Dr Himat Thandi joined the BCA team in April 2017 and has been leading on the Community Partnership work as well as Planned Care projects including the recently launched Minor Eye Condition Service (MECS). He has been a GP in Bradford since completing the Bradford GP training scheme in 2001. In July 2019 Himat joined Leylands Medical Centre as a GP partner.

Nick Nurden
Nick Nurden

Following a career in the private sector, working for companies such as Orange, Nick Nurden joined the Ridge Medical Practice and has been their Business Manager for the last 13 years. His role draws on his experience gained in various roles in HR, premises, finance, commercial management and strategic planning with overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of a large GP practice. Nick also has a role with the West Yorkshire Primary Care Workforce and Training Hub which is working to identify workforce needs for the future and facilitate the development of that future workforce.

Nicole Holmes
Nicole Holmes

Before joining the NHS Nicole Holmes worked within the finance sector both in personal and commercial banking and later working for Risk and Fraud alongside the Financial Services Authority.

Nicole has a long history of working in General Practice as a Practice and Business manager in the Bradford City area currently managing both Dr Gilkar & Partner and Kensington Street Surgeries.

‘I am very passionate about Primary Care standards within Bradford. As a non-clinician I am involved in the daily business of keeping GP Practices running smoothly which I feel brings a new outlook and innovation to my role on the Board.’

Waheed Hussain
Waheed Hussain

Dr Waheed Hussain is the lead senior partner at Clarendon Medical Practice and has been a doctor for 16 years and GP for over 12 years. He has a keen interest in strategic development and innovation in primary care, particularly educational and health provisions in socially deprived areas. Dr Hussain actively worked with colleagues in the establishment of the City Clinical Commissioning Group and was previously an executive board member. He now brings this experience to the BCA board.

David Richardson
David Richardson

David Richardson brings a wealth of strategic partnership and NHS experience to Bradford Care Alliance. As a former senior police officer for over 30 years, David retired from West Yorkshire Police in 2004 and then acted as an advisor to Government Office for Yorkshire & Humberside, in connection with the improvement of performance, governance and the partnership working arrangements relating to community safety, crime, disorder, drugs and alcohol.

David also became the non-executive independent chair of Bradford and Airedale Community Solutions Ltd, which was created to improve healthcare facilities. In 2005, he became chairman of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a post he held for nine years.

David also chaired the Trust’s council of governors, which represents and listens to the views of 50,000 public and patient members including hospital staff and partner organisations.

Between 2005 and 2012, David was chief executive of Bradford Breakthrough Ltd, the senior business leaders’ networking and advocacy partnership. He is currently a director of the property business Martin & Co in Leeds.

Elections to the Board shall be conducted every three years by a vote of the shareholders at general meeting.

Directors may hold office for a maximum of six consecutive years. The Board will continue to be supported by Strategic Advisor Vicki Wallace.

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