New NAPC leadership vows to continue to strengthen the breadth of knowledge and diversity within the organisation

New NAPC leadership vows to continue to strengthen the breadth of knowledge and diversity within the organisation

Caroline Taylor, NAPC Chair

The National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) president, Dr Johnny Marshall OBE, at the Associations AGM held on 22nd September, announced NAPC’s new Chair, Dr Caroline Taylor.

Dr Taylor said “I look forward to the opportunity of being Chair of NAPC over the next year and working with colleagues to continue the substantial efforts of our membership organisation” and thanked outgoing Chair, Dr Minesh Patel. Dr Patel, Chair since 2018, said “it has been a pleasure Chairing the Association in the last 3 years and I look forward to continuing to support on the vision and aims of the organisation”.

Commenting on the addition of new members to the NAPC Board and Council, the Chair said: “I am delighted to welcome new colleagues to the NAPC Board & Council of the Association. The skills and experience brought by colleagues will continue to strengthen the breadth of knowledge and diversity within the organisation”.

Dr Taylor is joined on the NAPC Board by Caroline Rollings, Dr Ash Peshen, Joanne Haws and returned Board Member, Professor Ash Soni (see below for biographies). Dr Johnny Marshall OBE also welcomed two new members to the Council: Moira Auchterlonie and Jennifer Gough.

The NAPC is delighted to welcome new members to the Board and Council and looks forward to working with members to drive innovation and change locally, nationally and internationally. NAPC’s mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of defined populations. Our expert colleagues support others to inspire and energise teams, organisations and systems to create real sustainable transformation for people and communities.


Caroline Taylor, NAPC Chair

Caroline is a GP partner at a practice in North Halifax and she chairs North Halifax PCH. She is GP clinical lead for children and young people and a governing body member for Calderdale CCG. She works with SWYPFT MH trust, CHFT acute trust and ICS on quality and improvement and is developing innovative MH referral pathways/templates with them. Caroline has worked with the NAPC on their population health management resources and provided training for PCNs.

Board Nominees

Dr Ash Peshen, Non-Executive Director

Dr Peshen has been a GP partner in Thanet since 2013. He also currently works as the Governing body clinical lead for Kent and Medway. Ash is the urgent and emergency care clinical lead for Kent and Medway CCG and East Kent ICP. Ash led the bid from Thanet to be a pilot site for Primary Care Home. This was the precursor for Primary care network development. Thanet were selected as one of 15 National Pilot site to lead on this project. As part of the Thanet PCH, we developed Complex Acute response team. As part of PCH support to the local hospital, Thanet led the development of the E-ART – enhanced Acute response team. This service was reviewed by ESIS as part of their review of the EKHUFT, this service according to the Clinical director for ESIS is one of the best performing GP streaming services in England. The work has been mentioned in the NHSE Primary care letter and mentioned by Amanda Pritchard COO of the NHSE in her letter to the NHS leaders. Ash is very proud of how the service stepped up to support the whole system during the COVID crisis.

Caroline Rollings, Non-Executive Director

Caroline is passionate about improving healthcare for our populations and believes that this can only be achieved by working across boundaries especially, as now, when we are under immense pressure. She supports holistic patient care and has worked in Primary Care for over 30 years, 10 of them as Managing Partner developing an innovative practice encompassing GMS/Provider services and second wave PCH. Currently holding the position of joint chair of the ‘One Voice’ group, representing a coalition of unions and professional bodies including NAPC, RCGP, RCN and the Kings Fund amongst others. An important part of their work is the acknowledgment that whilst patient needs are at the centre of the plans to recover services, this cannot be at the expense of health staff wellbeing. Wellbeing and mental health have been a golden thread throughout her career. This interest continues as the NAPC Wellbeing lead, representing them on the National Echo Groups for NHSE/I.

Professor Ash Soni, Non-Executive Director

Ash Soni, OBE, is the immediate past President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, 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. Ash was returned as an NAPC Non-Executive Director

Joanne Haws, Non-Executive Director

Joanne is a cardiovascular specialist nurse and has worked in a variety of roles across primary and secondary care over the past 20 years. In 2010 she set up in business as an independent nurse consultant delivering clinical, educational and consultancy services to a number of NHS, charitable and commercial organisations across the UK. As a former Clinical Lead for Education for Health, Joanne passionately believes in educating healthcare professionals to improve patient care. Joanne sits on the Editorial Board of the General Practice Nurse (GPN) journal and has authored many publications in the nursing and cardiology press both in the UK and internationally. Since 2015 Joanne has been actively involved in the transformation of Primary Care and the development of Primary Care Networks. She is a member of the National Association of Primary Care’s (NAPC) Primary Care Home Faculty and a Clinical Director for South Norfolk Healthcare GP Provider Organisation. Joanne recently returned to her roots as a Critical Care Nurse to help support the COVID-19 response.

Council Nominees – elected in September

Jennifer Gough, Council Member

Jennifer possesses 23 years’ experience as a practice manager of a medium sized urban practice and three years’ experience working in a Primary Care Trust as an associate director of primary care. In addition to her practice management role, Jen holds various additional posts including practice manager lead for one of the cluster groups in Bedford, practice manager representative for Bedford Luton Milton Keynes Strategic Practice Manager Group, is a Beds & Herts LMC observer and has also recently been trained by the RCGP as a coach, mentor and trainer. Jen has worked for the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund as a Senior Project Manager leading on developing the collaboration of general practices in Milton Keynes, Bucks.

Moira Auchterlonie, Council Member

With over 25 years working in primary care, Moira has a wealth of experience, knowledge, and common sense on primary care strategy and healthcare policy. An asset at strategic board level, combining critical and strategic thinking with grassroots delivery and credibility. Working with GPs and practice managers and system leaders, as CEO of the Family Doctor Association, as Practice Management Network board member, regular Judge at the General Practice Awards, and Vice-Chair of the National Association for Patient Participation. As a Healthcare UX Leader, Moira is now focussing on patient influence and involvement in the integration agenda. Roles include lay panel member at Royal College-led Trust reviews, General Osteopathic Council patient adviser, NHS England & Improvement PPG adviser, Healthwatch Rochdale and member of her GP Patient Participation Group.

Council Nominees – elected in July

Sarah Rhodes, Council Member

Sarah is the co-organiser and chair of the City Practice Managers meetings and is passionate about the Practice Managers role and primary care as a whole. Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in Primary care, with 15 of those as a Practice and Business Manager. She has led her practice and team through many ups and downs including an inadequate CQC inspection which was turned around to a ‘Good’ in just 6 months. n conjunction with her practice and her knowledge of commissioning, Sarah has knowledge of service development, CQC, Contracting, AQP’s, Business Development, Strategic Management, and local demographic demands.

Nia Boughton, Council Member

Nia has spent almost all of her twenty-three years nursing experience working within primary, community and unscheduled care services, with previous roles in GMS practices, private sector GP OOH’s and LHB commissioner services. Nia has worked within the North Wales Health Board Senior Nursing Team for the last six years, transitioning from her role as Head of Primary & Community Nursing into her Consultant Nurse role for Primary Care post almost three years ago. She holds a post graduate degree & SPQ in General Practice Nursing, an MSc in Primary Care Advanced Practice and is scheduled to commence her PhD later this year, researching importance of the ‘therapeutic relationship’ within Primary Care.

Dr Emma Woodcock, Council Member

Dr Emma Woodcock works as a part time GP in Horsham, West Sussex and as a Clinical Director and Education and Workforce Development Lead for Innovations in Primary Care, the GP Federation in Coastal West Sussex. She teaches and mentors clinical pharmacists and first contact practitioners for the federation and has a special interest in supporting the new ARRS roles for the PCNs within the federation. Dr Woodcock was the managing and senior partner of a rural practice in West Sussex for many years and was a GP trainer for a decade. She is keen to strengthen relationships between heath and the community sector and is currently supporting the development of a befriending service in Horsham.

Jon Twelves, Council Member

Jon is the Chief Executive of SGPA, a federation of around 35 GP practices, and have been since its inception in 2015, and has helped grow the organisation such that it is now a significant local employer, at over 200 staff, and a key supporter of the local health economy, its member practices, and Primary Care Networks. Jon is a member of NHS Confederation’s PC Federation Networks’ Board, and he is currently leading on an initiative to bring all the federations within the North East and North Cumbria ICS together to support regional input into forthcoming ICS structures. Jon is also chartered accountant by background and, formerly, a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, reflecting a number of years working in social housing.

Jas Bagary, Council Member

Jas is experienced in General Nursing, Health Sector Management in the NHS and Private Healthcare Sector and Academia. Jas’ role as a Business Manager/Partner in General practice since 2005 is all about the ways of improving and delivering high standards of patient care in primary care. Since 2001, Jas has lectured in Leadership and management for Healthcare Professionals, with the main areas being based on the clinical leadership framework. Jas is a part of the Practice Managers Network for Black Country & West Birmingham. With challenging times and changes in healthcare, Jas has established good working relationships with other professionals, organisations, stakeholders. Jas really enjoys being involved and listening to what needs to happen, and how everyone can work together to make a positive change in primary care.

Dr Edward Bosonnet, Council Member

Ed joined Medefer in 2016 bringing his passion for innovation to the team. Ed qualified as a GP in 2002. With experience in leadership roles in the NHS and as a Member of a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) governing body, Ed developed an interest in the potential for innovation in IT to drive both strategy and healthcare delivery. He represented the CCG as its Clinical Quality Lead for the Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and developed an interest in IT service development and strategy, becoming the CCG’s Clinical IT Lead. At Medefer, Ed continues to develop innovative virtual healthcare strategies. He engages with CCGs and primary care to identify opportunities to support and extend the reach of Medefer’s unique virtual solutions within the NHS. Ed joined the NAPC Faculty in early 2021 to support the Digital Programme.

Dr Tayo Kufeji, Council Member

Tayo is a GP partner in Milton Keynes, GP lead and clinical director for The Bridge Primary Care Network, which incorporates Newport Pagnell Medical Centre, Kingfisher Surgery and Brooklands Health Centre. He works with the CCG as the named GP for safeguarding and is a member of the Milton Keynes Health and Wellbeing Board and the Milton Keynes Integrated Care Partnership Steering Group.

Dr Emily Eaton, Council Member

Dr Eaton’s passion for her role as a GP is rooted in her drive to establish a proactive way of working within general practice. Being at the beginning of her career in general practice she would value the opportunity in being involved in helping to shape the work of NAPC. At Westongrove, Emma has recently been passionate to pursue her interest in health promotion.

Anna Shears, Council Member

Anna has a wealth of health and social care policy experience gained from her 17 years’ working in a variety of senior roles at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). Since 2018, Anna has worked independently of Government with high profile clients to support the transformation of primary and community care across Wiltshire. Anna is also a member of the National Association of Primary Care Faculty, leading work on the implementation of digital technology across North West London. Anna has a proven track record of evidence-based policy development, analysis and delivery in fast paced, high profile environments within DHSC; including white papers, Ministerial briefing and Parliamentary business, Prime Ministers’ Challenges and NHS CE strategic reviews. She has lead work in the fields of dementia, innovation, health and social care regulation, competition and healthcare reconfiguration.

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