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36. Dr Sohail Munshi

Dr Sohail Munshi’s year so far has been largely occupied with being chief medical officer at the ‘DevoManc’ project. The scheme sees the integration of funding for primary and secondary care and social support, including community groups, the voluntary sector and mental healthcare on a city-wide basis – the first of its type in the UK.

This year he has been rolling out a care model with a GP-led multidisciplinary team looking after vulnerable adults in three neighbourhoods, which has reduced A&E attendances, 999 calls, GP home visits and more, leading to plans to expand the service across the region’s population of 600,000.

Elsewhere, Dr Munshi provided the primary care perspective in ongoing efforts to unite police, fire, rescue and council services; faith groups; schools; healthcare professionals and others in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

He’s also teaming up with Manchester City Football Club, on routine checks for preventable conditions.

And his achievements haven’t only been noticed by Pulse, either, as Dr Munshi was recognised with an MBE in 2017. If it’s good enough for the Queen…

Why influential: Revolutionising Manchester’s approach to healthcare

What others say: ‘Outstanding contribution to general practice leadership in the formation of Europe’s largest LCO’

Random fact: Once asked by a football club to consider joining their academy, but was too old!