As the primary care home programme continues to spread across England, a new enhanced team will lead the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC).
Following the NAPC’s annual general meeting today (Wednesday 19 September) and the formation of a new NAPC Board, former Vice Chair Dr Minesh Patel was elected as the new NAPC Chair. He will lead the new NAPC Board which replaces the current NAPC Executive.
Outgoing Chair Dr Nav Chana who has served for the last four years, will continue to lead the NAPC’s primary care home programme (PCH) as joint national PCH Clinical Director.
He will also continue to represent the NAPC and is currently a member of the long-term plan working group for primary care (NHS 10-year plan). Dr Nav Chana was also elected honorary life member of the NAPC.
Professor James Kingsland OBE was re-elected as President of the NAPC for his final year. He has held the position since 2008 and will continue as joint national PCH Clinical Director.
Both will oversee the future of the PCH programme and continued growth of the primary care home model. There are now 215 with further sites across England, serving nine million patients, 16 per cent of the population. The model is also being developed in three integrated care systems (ICSs) – Dorset, Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) and Surrey Heartlands.
Five Non-Executive Directors were elected to the new NAPC Board at today’s NAPC Council meeting: Karen Acott, previously Honorary Secretary, Dr Durairaj Jawahar, former NAPC Treasurer, Julie Bolus, NAPC Nursing Lead, Dr Minesh Patel, previously Vice Chair, and Dr Peter Patel (see below for biographies).
The new Board also includes the Chief Executive John Pope and Chief Operating Officer Sally Kitt.
Chief Executive John Pope said: “Our goal this year has been to strengthen the NAPC, the new leadership team is integral to this – they bring a strong blend of skills and experience from across primary care. We are delighted that Dr Minesh Patel has taken over the reins as chair and that Dr Nav Chana will remain at the centre of the PCH programme.”
Under the new NAPC constitution, the NAPC Council continues in its current form, with one new member who was elected today – Dr Farzana Hussain, a GP at The Project surgery in Newham, East London.
The NAPC is a leading membership organisation representing the interests of primary care professionals including general practitioners, nurses, practice staff, pharmacists, opticians and dentists.
It’s at the centre of shaping the future of healthcare, spreading innovation, influencing policy, supporting and connecting professionals across primary care – enabling them to provide world-class sustainable patient-centred healthcare.
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