Dr Nav Chana, NAPC Chair
Dr James Kingsland OBE, NAPC President
John Pope CBE, NAPC Chief Executive Officer
Sally Kitt, NAPC Chief Operating Officer
Sally joined the NAPC in 2001 from a multinational IT organisation, looking for a complete change in industry. Her background is administration management and support. Sally’s role as Chief Operating Officer is to ensure the day-to-day running of the organisation supporting and working closely with the Chief Executive Officer, Chair and President. She finds it hugely rewarding to work at the heart of an innovative organisation which is shaping the future of healthcare, influencing policy and connecting professionals across primary care.
Dr Minesh Patel, NAPC Vice Chair
Minesh qualified in 1991 in London and entered general practice in 1996, joining a GP partnership in a total purchasing pilot. He is a GP Partner at Moatfield Surgery in East Grinstead. He took on the Mid-Sussex Primary Care Trust (PCT) lead role to adopt gold standards frameworks for coronary heart disease (CHD) and then diabetes. Minesh then became the Mid-Sussex PCT Professional Executive Committee chairperson. He has been a clinical voice in commissioning and for the last five years has been the Chair of Horsham and Mid-Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group. He led a review of Stroke Services in Sussex and chairs the Sussex Sustainability Transformation Partnership (STP) Clinical Board. Minesh has led the development of the Healthy East Grinstead Partnership Primary Care Home.
Dr Peter Smith, NAPC Vice President
Dr Peter Smith has been a GP for 28 years in Kingston upon Thames where he is senior partner in a large suburban practice. He is Co-Chair of the Self Care Forum and in this position has jointly founded the Self Care Academic Research Unit at Imperial College where he is Honorary Senior Research Officer. He is a board member of Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group and Ieads on children’s services. His interests include clinical quality, evidence based medicine, children’s services and self care. Dr Smith was NAPC Chair from April 2000 to September 2004 and was appointed president in September 2005. He received an OBE for services to medicine in 2004.
Dr Durairaj Jawahar, NAPC Treasurer
Dr Durairaj Jawahar is Treasurer of the NAPC and has been a GP for more than 30 years. He is an Executive Partner of Manor Park Medical Practice in Leicester, serving 15,800 patients.
He chairs the Millennium Federation of three Leicester practices which form part of the primary care home programme’s community of practice. Dr Jawahar is passionate about implementing innovative care models and was instrumental in securing funding for four highly successful walk-in health hubs, enabling Leicester patients to access appointments during the evenings, at weekends and on bank holidays. The federation will soon will be introducing an app to help patients self manage long term conditions.
Mrs Karen Acott, NAPC Honorary Secretary
Dr Charles Alessi, Senior Adviser to Public Health England
Elaine Biscoe, National Nurse Adviser, Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Julie Bolus, Non-executive director, Locala Community Partnerships
Mr Stephen Foster, Director at Carpe Diem Health Limited
Maria Howdon, Head of Membership Development at NHS Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group
Maria Howdon is the Transformation Lead for the integrated accountable care organisation in Thanet, Kent. She has more than 20 years’ worth of experience in all aspects of primary care. In 2016, she won the NAPC’s Healthcare Provider of the Year Award for her work with new care models including the primary care home (PCH) programme. Maria is a lay member of the NAPC Executive Board and PCH representative on its Technical Advisory Group (TAG). She is leading on the development and implementation of the PCH model across Thanet, the General Practice Forward View, service and workforce integration and system-wide transformation.
Dr Steve Kell, GP and Managing Partner Larwood Health Partnership
Dr Steve Kell is a managing GP partner at Larwood Surgery which cares for 32,000 patients in North Nottinghamshire. The practice was awarded the Royal College of General Practitioners’ Quality Practice Award in 2012 and was rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission in 2016.
As a member of the NAPC’s executive committee he is passionate about developing sustainable primary care teams and a wider workforce. Previous roles included Chair of Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group and Co-Chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners until March 2016 when he moved to develop the primary care home model at his practice. Dr Kell was awarded an OBE in 2014 for services to primary care.
Dr Peter Patel, Primary Care Development Support lead for Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Group
Sam Sherrington, Head of Stakeholder and Cultural Transformation at NHS England
Dr Mike Smith, GP
Mike is a GP who has worked in the NHS since 2000. He has held many senior NHS leadership roles across primary, secondary and community care. He is a senior educator for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM). Between clinical commitments, he consults across the UK on how new models of care have to be wrapped around strong primary care. A humorous and engaging speaker, Mike speaks at many national events. He believes NAPC is the much-needed strong, independent voice of primary care, empowering everyone working in it to support their populations through local skills and expertise.
Ashok ‘Ash’ Soni OBE, President, Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Ash Soni, OBE, was re-elected as President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in July 2017, having previously held the same position from 2014-2016. He was a board member of Health Education South London from 2013-2015 and as a member of the NHS Future Forum’s clinical advice and leadership work stream, he was tasked with reviewing the Health and Social Care Bill. In the second phase of the Forum, he jointly led the workstream on ‘The NHS’s Role in the Public’s Health’. Ash has been part of an expert advisory board reviewing the NHS constitution. In 2016 he was appointed visiting professor at Huddersfield University.