Former NAPC chair and president steps down after 20 years 

Former NAPC chair and president steps down after 20 years 

Professor James Kingsland OBE has announced he is to step down as an NAPC Director at the end of March after more than 20 years with the National Association of Primary Care including long service as President and Chair.

James was a founder member of the NAPC and joined the Executive Board at its inception. He had formerly served on the board of NAPC’s predecessor, the National Association of Fundholding Practices.

He was instrumental in the development and implementation of Personalised Medical Services (PMS) policy in the late 1990s and helped lead the development of Practice Based Commissioning while working as an advisor at the Department of Health.

He served for four years as Chair of the NAPC from September 2004 and went on to be President of the organisation for 11 years until September 2019. James will no longer have an operational role at NAPC but will continue to be supportive of the organisation as an honorary life member.

NAPC Chair Minesh Patel said: “James has played a pivotal role in NAPC over the last 20 years championing reform and steering the direction of the organisation. Most recently he was one of the architects of the primary care home model which subsequently influenced primary care network policy. His knowledge and expertise will be very much missed.”

Since 1989, James has been a GP on the Wirral and is a senior partner in Wallasey which was an early adopter of fundholding, a first wave PMS plus site and spearheaded Practice-based Commissioning (PBC) as a first wave pathfinder consortium.

In October 2007 he became an advisor to Lord Darzi and was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee New Year Honours List in 2012 for services to medicine and healthcare. More recently he was appointed Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Central Lancashire.

Commenting, James said: “It is going to be strange not working with the NAPC as it has been a part of my career for the last 20 years.

“I am really proud of what the NAPC has achieved since its creation and I’ve been privileged to work with such spirited and hugely talented people in the organisation.

“I leave the NAPC as the established voice of integrated primary care providers and look forward to now watching its ever-increasing role and influence in the betterment of integrated care provision.”

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