Confed speakers - 2019


Confed19 NAPC Primary Care Zone


Our speakers


Dr Nav Chana, Chair, NAPC

Dr Nav Chana was elected Chair of the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) in 2014 and has been integral to the development and roll out of more than 200 primary care home (PCH) sites across England. Nav has been a GP at the Cricket Green Medical Practice in South West London for over 26 years. Previously he was Clinical Adviser for Workforce Redesign for the new care models programme, Director of Education Quality for Health Education South London and Postgraduate Dean for General Practice and Community-Based Education. This year he was ranked in Pulse’s top 50 of influential GPs.


Dr Karen Kirkham, National Clinical Adviser for Primary Care, NHS England

Dr Kirkham has been a GP for 25 years and is a senior partner in a large practice. She is Assistant Clinical Chair of Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group and Locality Clinical Chair for Weymouth and Portland. She is part of the senior leadership team at Dorset Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) and Clinical Lead for the Dorset Integrated Care System (ICS). She has been a leader of the Clinical Services Review Team, worked on acute and community reconfiguration and is currently focussing on redesign, transformation and delivery of the integrated community services and primary care component of Dorset’s STP, which underpins the transformation agenda. In 2017 she won the NAPC’s Clinician of the Year title.


Dr James Morrow, Managing Partner, Granta Primary Care Home

Dr Morrow qualified from Oxford in 1990 after pre-clinical studies at Cambridge. He became a partner at the Granta practice in May 2007 after 12 years as a GP in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. He has been integral to the growth of Granta through the sequential merger of four practices and now leads a single practice team serving some 44,000 practice members in South Cambridgeshire.


Dr Peter Aitken, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital; Director of Research and Development and Medical Education at Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Dr Peter Aitken, MB ChB MRCGP FRCPSYCH DCH DRCOG FHEA worked briefly as a GP in South West London before pursuing a career in Psychiatry. He is Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Director of Research and Development and Director of Medical Education at Devon Partnership NHS Trust and Honorary Associate Professor University of Exeter Medical School. He was RCPsych Psychiatrist of the Year 2016 and is immediate past Chair, Royal College of Psychiatrists Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry 2013-17. He is trustee at the Anthony Nolan Trust, chair of the RNLI Medical Committee and trustee at the The Lions Barber Collective. Peter lives and works in Devon.


Niall Dickson CBE, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation

Niall has served in some of the most prominent national roles in health and care. Before joining the NHS Confederation, for seven years he was the chief executive and registrar of the General Medical Council, where he oversaw a raft of major reforms. For six years before that he was chief executive of the King’s Fund which under his leadership pioneered work on managing long term conditions and the reform of social care funding.

For sixteen years (from 1988 to 2004) he was a senior correspondent for BBC News, latterly as Social Affairs Editor. Early in his career he was the editor of Nursing Times and of a journal for allied health professionals.


Sam Jones, CEO/President of Centene UK

Samantha started her NHS career as an adult and paediatric nurse and was a national management trainee.  Having worked in a variety of operational management roles, and in the national clinical governance support team, she became the Chief Executive of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Following this, Samantha worked in the independent sector before she was appointed Chief Executive of West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust in February 2013.

In 2014, Samantha was named as the Health Service Journal’s (HSJ) Chief Executive of the Year, and West Hertfordshire’s ‘Onion’ was highly commended in the patient safety category of the same awards.   ‘Onion’ was an initiative which focused on supporting staff to be open and transparent about concerns and empowered them to help address them.

Until June 2017, Samantha was Director of the New Care Models Programme, leading on the implementation of the new care models outlined in the NHS Five Year Forward View.  This included launching 50 vanguards to take the lead developing new care models to act as the blueprints for the NHS.

Following a period of working independently across a range of private organisations and institutions, connecting business and industry with health to design and deliver better healthcare solutions, in January 2019, Samantha was appointed as CEO/President of Centene UK to lead the UK’s strategy aimed at enabling and supporting integrated care across the UK.