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David is a former patient who spent over 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry before retiring in 1993. Since then he has continued to be active in the health service. He is a former chair of the Pennine Health Authority patient user partnership and cancer committee and he has also sat for many years on several groups of the Greater Manchester and Cheshire Cancer Network - the North West breast cancer service steering group and clinical sub-groups on head & neck cancer, haemato-oncology and breast cancer. He also has involvement with Healthwatch and his local primary care group as well as research groups and palliative care.

David chaired the patient experience and involvement committee and the Oldham subgroup until early 2010. He has been very involved in developing our patient and public involvement strategy. He is now a member of the quality committee which replaced the former patient experience committee.