SSP leader is a regional influencer
SSP Health Director, GP Dr Shikha Pitalia, has been named in a regional list of top influencers from the Indian community.
The ‘Indian Influencers In Mcr’ list was announced on India Republic Day during an online ceremony after the jury had deliberated on all the nominations, which included leaders in business and culture as well as healthcare.
Dr Pitalia has improved healthcare in the communities her practices serve through her innovative approach to general practice since co-founding Wigan-based SSP Health in 2002 with her husband, Dr Sanjay Pitalia.
The organisation has grown to serve 150,000 patients across 37 GP surgeries, many situated in challenging communities. It is now the largest provider of primary care GP services in the North West of England, employing nearly 500 people and working with almost 100 GPs.
Dr Pitalia is also Chair of Wigan GP Alliance, which spans the borough’s 62 GP practices, and spearheaded its response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
This included the successful rollout of COVID-secure clinics; launching a COVID-secure home visiting service for the most vulnerable; and ensuring the provision of extra clinical staff for the local NHS Trust, while maintaining existing community services.
Guests of honour at the ceremony which unveiled the influencers list were Dr Shashank Vikram, Consul General of India, and Ms Shruti Chandra, Senior Assistant Vice President at Invest India.
Rahul Laud, who organised the Greater Manchester-based list, said: “It is extremely important that we recognise and felicitate the unsung heroes of Manchester. These champions contribute immensely to the social, political growth of not only Manchester but also leave an impact on the UK.”
Dr Pitalia said: “It is a huge honour to be featured in this list alongside so many amazing individuals from diverse sectors in Greater Manchester. I am honoured to be connected by our Indian heritage and the values we embrace in our individual roles.
“2020 was an incredibly challenging year for everyone across society, not just in healthcare, and this list highlights the great work that the Indian Diaspora in the UK has led and been involved in.”