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 where she still practises one day a week and is a GP Trainer.
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. What I was seeing was wider than just health – it was the impact of poverty, displacement, unemployment; the challenge we have is in how we can influence the system and the wider determinants of health.”
Manisha took on a locality lead role for Hulme, Moss side and Rusholme in 2014 – looking at neighbourhood working and working with key communities such as Asylum seekers. She has been Medical Director at Central Manchester CCG and now Manchester Health and Care Commissioning since 2017.
Manisha, who is originally from London, is married to an optician and she has a 12 year old daughter called Cara. In her spare time, Manisha enjoys spending time with friends and family, musical theatre and travelling.