Manisha trained as a doctor in Manchester, qualifying in 1995, becoming a GP in 2001 and joining the Robert Darbishire practice in Rusholme in 2004.
She still practises there one day a week – “if I didn’t I would have no credibility” – and enjoys seeing her regular patients.
It was her experience there that persuaded Manisha to get involved in commissioning in 2007. “I saw the same people, for the same things day after day. You do your best, but ultimately there is only so much you can do as a GP. The challenge we have is in how we can influence the system and the wider determinants of health.”
Manisha, who is originally from London, is married to an optician and they have a nine year old daughter called Cara. In her spare time, Manisha enjoys spending time with friends and family, musical theatre and travelling.