NAPC Awards 2019
Ash Soni OBE, Non-Executive Director, NAPC
Ash Soni OBE is a Non-Executive Director of the NAPC. He is former President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and was a board member of Health Education South London from 2013-2015. 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.
Minesh Patel, Chair, NAPC and GP, South of England
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.
Karen Kirkham, Senior Medical Advisor for Primary Care Provider Transformation, NHS England and NHS Improvement
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.
Professor David Colin-Thomé OBE, Independent Healthcare Consultant
David originated the primary care home concept, having spent 36 years spent as a GP at Castlefields Health Centre in Runcorn, and nine as National Clinical Director for Primary Care at the Department of Health. He was also Medical Adviser to the Department of Health’s Commissioning and System Management Directorate. David is an Honorary Visiting Professor at Manchester University, as well as holding the positions of Chair of Primary Care Commissioning Community Interest Company (PCC), Trustee of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, Trustee of the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI), Chair of London GP Out of Hours Service Forum and Co-Chair London Integrated Urgent Care Clinical Governance Committee. David is also Chair of PharmaScan for DH and Chair Halton Accountable Care System. He was awarded the OBE in 1997.