Confed speakers - 2019

Confed19 NAPC Primary Care Zone

Our speakers

Dr Nav Chana MBE, 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

Karen has been a GP for 25 years, now senior partner in a large practice, and combines this with a senior leadership role with Dorset CCG as Assistant Clinical Chair and Locality clinical chair for Weymouth and Portland. She is part of the Senior Leader Team in Dorset for the STP and is the 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. Since 2018 she has been a National Clinical Advisor for Primary care with the NHS England System Transformation team, working to support both ICS and STPs to spread innovation and new ways of working.

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.

Dr Omotayo Kufeji, GP partner, Milton Keynes

Dr Tayo Kufeji is a GP partner in Milton Keynes. He is the GP lead for the Newport Pagnell Medical Centre Primary Care Home, which is now in its third year. The primary care home employs a population health approach and has developed projects with community providers and voluntary sector organisations to improve health and wellbeing of the local community. He was recently appointed to the role of Clinical Director for The Bridge Primary Care Network, which incorporates Newport Pagnell Medical Centre, Kingfisher Surgery and Brooklands Health Centre, all practices in Milton Keynes.

Dr Sohail Abbas, Lead, GP and Lead, Bradford Care Alliance Primary Care Home

Sohail completed his undergraduate medical training in Pakistan and moved to the UK in 2002. He worked in various medical specialities and completed his general practice training in 2007. Along with his interests in elderly medicine and diabetes, he has always been keen to participate in partnership working, system leadership and improving patient care. He worked as a clinical director of adult community services in Salford and clinical lead of GP out of hours services in Bolton before joining the Kensington Partnership in Bradford, as a GP partner in 2012. He is a clinical board member and deputy chair of the Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group leading on the out-of-hospital care programme and development of community partnerships.

Tony Spotswood, former trust chief executive

Tony has worked as a trust CEO for over 21 years. He recently retired after 19 years as the chief executive of The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals. His interests include quality improvement and culture, with his trust having consistently achieved one of the best staff ratings in the NHS. Tony has led work at a national and regional level, including a review of back office functions across the NHS. He has also helped develop Dorset as a leading ICS. He served as a member of the NHS Provider Board for six years and until recently chaired the Wessex NIHR Board and continues to Chair the Wessex HEE Assurance Board. Tony mentors CEOs and senior staff within the NHS. He is a member of  NAPC’s National Primary Care Home Faculty. He also supports a registered social housing provider and undertakes work for the Local Government Association.

Susan Acott, Chief Executive, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Susan joined East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust as substantive CEO in April 2018 having previously been CEO in Dartford.

Susan started her career from the NHS’s General Management Training Scheme, having graduated from Birmingham University. She has long standing experience in the NHS and has worked in a variety of posts in Manchester, Merseyside, York and London. Her Board level experience includes Operational, Strategic, Performance and Transformation portfolios.

Susan is passionate about the role of clinical leadership and education in delivering and sustaining
high quality, safe services for patients. She has had considerable experience of service improvement,
service re-organisation, mergers and operational delivery.

Professor Ian Cumming OBE, Chief Executive, Health Education England

Ian started his career in the NHS as a Biomedical Scientist and later worked as a Research Scientist in coagulation disorders before moving into NHS Leadership in the early 1990s. He has held a variety of NHS general management posts including over 11 years as Chief Executive of acute hospital Trusts, followed by three years as the Chief Executive of a healthcare commissioning organisation prior to being appointed Chief Executive of the NHS in the West Midlands in 2009.

In 2012, Ian was appointed Chief Executive of Health Education England (HEE). Ian has a particular interest in the development of leadership skills in clinical staff and is an Honorary Professor of Healthcare Leadership in the Medical School at Lancaster University.

In 2003 Ian was awarded the OBE for services to the NHS and in 2010 Ian was made an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Ian has a special interest in sports medicine an area in which he hold an MSC. Ian became a board member of Sport England in 2016.

Hadley Beeman, Chief Technology Adviser for the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Hadley Beeman is the Chief Technology Adviser for the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. A software engineer and technical architect by training, Hadley founded an open data startup and spent a few years with the Government Digital Service (GDS) transforming the UK government’s public services.

Hadley currently works with the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS bodies on tech and digital strategy and delivery, including the recent launch of NHSX. She also serves on the W3C Technical Architecture Group, appointed by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, covering the open standards forming the future architecture of the World Wide Web.

Hadley has spent years working to improve and support the National Health Service, including creating and delivering Synapse — a structured social network for junior doctors in London and the South East of England. She also has conducted a review of the NHS web space and has helped East Kent Hospitals University NHS Trust with eLearning. She has championed the UK’s healthtech community through events like NHS Hack Day and UK Health Camp.

David Farnsworth, Associate Director Integrated Care, Wye Valley NHS Trust and member of Herefordshire Integrated Care Alliance PCH

Formerly the Executive Lead Nurse for Herefordshire CCG, David Farnsworth is currently the Associate Director Integrated Care at Wye Valley NHS Trust and part of Herefordshire Integrated Care Alliance PCH. As the lead operational manager for Wye Valley NHS Trust community services, David is also informing and delivering the strategic change priorities of the One Herefordshire Integrated Care Alliance Board. This is a partnership across all lead providers, with a focus on delivering the ‘Living well at home’ objectives, develop sustainable services and maximise community resources.


Matthew Winn, Director of Community Health, NHS England

Matthew Winn is the Director of Community Health and senior responsible officer for the Ageing Well programme (part of the NHS Long Term Plan) at NHS England and NHS Improvement. He is also Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust – a role he has been doing since 2017. Previously he worked in London in roles in acute care, local government and primary care trusts.


Caroline Taylor, GP and Lead, North Halifax Community Wellbeing Partnership Primary Care Home

Caroline has been a GP in North Halifax since 2000. She joined Calderdale CCG Governing Body in 2014 as mental health lead. In April 2018 she established North Halifax Primary Care Home which as North Halifax Community Wellbeing Partnership has become rapidly successful facilitated by the Calderdale system commitment towards integrated working as set out in the Single Plan for Calderdale, which all partners are signed up to. The PCH has used population health management and community engagement to identify mental health as its initial priority. Early successes include service mapping and locality clinics addressing wider determinants of health.


John Pope CBE, NAPC Chief Executive Officer

John has more than 35 years’ experience in healthcare – his roles have included Finance Director and acute trust Chief Executive, for more than a decade. He worked at national level for the Department of Health as part of a team reviewing whole health communities and as Chief Operating Officer for the London Deanery. John joined the NAPC in late 2015 supporting the development of the primary care home programme and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in summer 2016. He is inspired by local frontline energy and a desire to improve local health and care services.

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.

Dr Paul Bowen, GP, Team Bollington, Disley and Poynton (Team BDP) Primary Care Home

Paul is a GP Partner in the newly formed Middlewood Super-Partnership in Cheshire and has recently been appointed its Medical Director. Having led NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG as Chair for 7 years, Paul’s achievements include a successful integration contract with 5 primary care networks, clinical leadership of the local place-based integration programme, and helping to develop the merger of Cheshire’s four CCGs. Closer to home, Paul is now focussed on transforming the model of primary care across his PCN as Clinical Director, as well as advising GPs nationally on primary care sustainability and transformation.

Barnaby Poulton, Honorary Professor of Digital Medicine, De Montfort University

Barnaby is a pharmacist by training with 25 years’ experience working in NHS, pharmaceutical and digital health industries at UK national and global levels. Inspired by the opportunity digital innovation brings to healthcare, he is pursuing a passion to bring digital health technologies into the NHS. Barnaby is Honorary Professor of Digital Medicine and Director and co-founder of the Digital Health and Care Unit at De Montfort University and Managing Director of Docly a virtual primary care service.

Matthew Walker, Director of Strategy and Business Development

Matthew is the Director of Strategy and Business Development for the National Association of Primary Care. Prior to joining NAPC Matthew worked for 13 years’ as a management consultant focused on workforce strategy and planning, primary care estates strategy and investment and the development of new models of integrated care and quality improvement. During this time he led a multi-year STP wide programme of work supporting investment into Primary and Community Care Estates and was Deputy Director of Primary Care Transformation for one of the most populated STPs in England. Matthew has been involved in the NAPC’s Primary Care Home Programme since 2015 supporting it’s set up, spread and evaluation. He now leads NAPC strategy and business development operations and oversees the work of NAPC Digital which supports practical digital innovation in primary and integrated care.

Dr Pooja Sikka, Partner, TenX Health

Pooja is a Partner at newly launched TenX Health – a hands-on venture capital firm dedicated to health tech, alongside supporting the development of NAPC Digital. She has a background in healthcare consulting and Ventures at EY and expertise in population health models. Pooja is a Locum GP in Lambeth, London where she has been practising for over ten years.