Dr Simon Bowers, former Chair of NHS Liverpool CCG, joins the Capacity team as Clinical Development Lead

Simon Bowers

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Simon Bowers as Capacity’s Clinical Development Lead.

Having spent all of his career in General Practice, including being a partner at Fulwood Green Medical Centre where he is still a GP, Simon has a deep understanding of what patients need to improve their health and wellbeing.

Prior to joining Capacity, Simon held the position of Chair and Clinical Vice-Chair of NHS Liverpool CCG, which included being Clinical Director for Digital Care and Innovation and Clinical Lead for Children and Families. Simon brings extensive knowledge of the health system across Liverpool and beyond with proven ability to lead the clinical development of new services.

Simon told us,

After twenty years as a doctor in Merseyside and ten years as a commissioner, it is increasingly clear to me that the NHS can only influence a small number of the causes of poor health outcomes through a traditional medical model. Things like social isolation, unemployment and poor housing are the diphtheria, tetanus and polio of the 21st century. The system needs to change massively and at pace to deliver the kinds of interventions that will start to improve the lives of people in our communities. GPs and their teams are trusted by patients and their families and should be at the centre of this revolution in care. A revolution that will give them more tools beyond the prescription pad to improve outcomes for their patients in the City Region. I’m very excited to be joining Capacity at this time and look forward to playing my part in helping drive this change.

Simon will take on the role of Clinical Development Lead, supporting Capacity’s major health projects, including the development of Primary Care Networks (PCN) such as the newly formed Wavertree and Childwall PCN and WAGGA PCN (Woolton, Allerton, Gateacre, Garston and Aigburth). The PCNs are focussed on redesigning new models of primary care, and Simon will play an invaluable part in this process while also supporting many of the health-based Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations accessing Capacity’s Incubator and Accelerator Services.

Capacity Chief Executive Chris Catterall said,

General Practice remains one of the most trusted and respected public services and it is fundamental to ensuring that people are cared for in the community. General Practice is under pressure due to rising demand which means they need to develop a more collaborative delivery model between GPs themselves but also between communities, charities and social enterprises. Simon absolutely understands that it is communities alongside charities and social enterprises that can best tackle the social determinates of ill-health. I am delighted Simon is joining this team and his experience as a doctor, Commissioner and Clinical Director will be a very valuable addition to our team and the work of Capacity.

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