The National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) president, Dr Johnny Marshall OBE announced two new members of the Council were appointed to the Board and six new members were appointed to the Council of the Association. NAPC Chair, Minesh Patel, returned as the Chair of the Association.
Commenting on the addition of new members to the NAPC Board and Council, the Chairman said: “I am delighted to welcome new colleagues to the NAPC Board & Council of the Association. The skills and experience brought by colleagues will strengthen the breadth of knowledge and diversity within the organisation”.
He is joined on the NAPC Board by Kay Keane, Practice Business Manager and Durairaj Jawahar, Treasurer of NAPC and GP for over 30 years.
Dr Johnny Marshall OBE welcomes six new members to the Council: Caroline Taylor, GP and NAPC Faculty Member, Dr Ash Peshen, GP and Clinical Lead for ART, Pooja Sikka, GP and NAPC Digital Lead, Caroline Rollings, Faculty Member and Former Managing Partner, Larry Koyama, Clinical Lead and Head of FCP Implementation, and Professor Joe Harrison, Chief Executive and Trust Director.
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.
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Kay Keane, Board Nominee
Kay has spent her career in Primary Care, initially working as a Medical Receptionist this opened up her love for general practice. Working across all aspects of Primary Care, Kay ended up at NHSE with a national role, from which she was offered redundancy in 2015. She saw this as an opportunity to go back and re-engage with a patient facing role as a Practice Manager. During this return she realised that the family practice she loved had somewhat disappeared, she wanted to focus on patient engagement, improving patient health and well-being whilst maintaining a first-class medical service. This work is now described as collaborative practice, and Kay is cited as being a leader in this area. Focusing on what matters to the people and the population, utilising local skills, knowledge, and facilities to create a truly holistic service means that the practice is thriving under her leadership. Kay was awarded PM of the year in 2015 by the NAPC, speaks regularly about the role of Practice Management at national events, and is an expert in patient engagement and development. She is often interviewed, her skills and view given in national publications and shared as a truly unique leader of people, functions, and communities. A new type of Practice Manager for a new way of working. Outside of her Practice Management role Kay is an independent trainer, covering all aspects of the administration of General Practice, particularly focused on the Five Year Forward View, development of PPG’s, empowering teams, change management and organisational development. Developing other practices, localities, and communities to be the best that they can be, in their unique practice personalities brings Kay joy. Living in and loving Manchester, Kay has an allotment with some hens and grows flowers for the vase, she also spends her spare time travelling in her camper van to find a quiet spot to rest, or a music festival to dance at as the sun goes down.
Durairaj Jawahar, Board Nominee
Dr Durairaj Jawahar was Treasurer of the NAPC and has been a GP for more than 30 years. He is a Strategic & Executive Partner of Manor Park Medical Practice in Leicester, serving 15,800 patients. He chairs the Millennium Federation of Nine Leicester practices which form part of the primary care home/ PCN programme’s community of practice He serves as CD and he is also Co-Chair Leicester city CD forum. Dr Jawahar is passionate about implementing innovative care models and was instrumental in securing funding for four highly successful walk-in health hubs, enabling Leicester patients to access appointments during the evenings, at weekends and on bank holidays. The federation/ PCN will soon be introducing an app to help patients self-manage and remote vital sign monitoring and innovative long-term conditions managements Being a catalyst and Mentor to another 3 PCNs in Leicester city.
Caroline Taylor, Council Nominee
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.
Ash Peshen, Council Nominee
Dr Peshen is 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. This has given me a understanding of what is going well and what could be improved upon in Primary care, as well as community and secondary care. 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 is a GP streaming in Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital Margate. 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 service in England. The team is appreciated by the Local Trust as it helps reduce the burden on the stretched A&E. 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. Recently Matt Hancock in his speech at the RCP mentioned C-ART as service which brings Support to the frail and elderly as well as supports the care homes 7 days a week. Ash is very proud of how the service stepped up to support the whole system during the COVID crisis.
Pooja Sikka, Council Nominee
Pooja has had an accomplished 15-year portfolio career in healthcare. She is a practising General Practitioner in London and has previously taken roles in general practice turnaround, NHS commissioning and as a clinical advisor, alongside setting up a patient-facing healthcare business which was acquired 6 years later. Over the last five years Pooja has worked as a management consultant in EY’s healthcare practice, working with a breadth of clients across the NHS system, from hospitals and GP surgeries to national bodies and regulators. She developed some of the national guidance on delivering population health systems, being rolled out across the NHS today, whilst on secondment to NHS England. Looking for a more entrepreneurial experience, Pooja helped set up the EY Ventures practice. She looked after a portfolio of health and social care ventures and developed corporate alliances. Through this she helped to coach founding teams, support disruptive business models and herself worked in a joint venture start up launching a workforce matching App in secondary care for nurses and doctors, taking on an array of scale-up activities. Pooja is also a Director of a family business launching primary care and wider health services in India. She advises on clinical and digital services strategy. A decade ago, Pooja fostered her interest in health tech, knowing that over time it would become the bedrock of how patients all over the world would access and experience care. She has an MBA from Imperial Business School London specialising in digital health, gaining a research interest in the adoption challenges of health technologies in the UK. She is known for her energy, optimism, and self-starting nature and throughout her career has struck the balance between clinical expertise, commercial acumen, and business creativity. Pooja leads NAPC’s Digital Programme.
Caroline Rollings, Council Nominee
Mix a strong nursing background, a hard-earned MBA, 10 years as a Managing Partner with a passion for Empowering Leadership and you will find Caroline; a valuable member of the NAPC faulty. Caroline led a successful second wave primary care home that created new pathways of care with diverse stakeholders, Dominic Hardy said of her positivity and enthusiasm that underpins her success “If only we could bottle that!”
Larry Koyama, Council Nominee
Council Nominee: Larry is a Physiotherapist specialising in Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions and has worked as an Advanced Practice Physiotherapist and clinical lead. He has a range of leadership and improvement skills and experience. He recently completed a Darzi Fellowship. He is currently working as Head of FCP Implementation at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Larry is passionate about population health and the role of the multi-disciplinary team in primary care.
Professor Joe Harrison, Council Nominee
Professor Joe Harrison has been a Chief Executive for nearly 8 years and joined Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as Chief Executive over five years ago. The Trust is an acute hospital serving a fast-growing population of 320,000 and employing over 4,500 staff. Joe’s focus at the Trust has been on improving patient safety, experience, and clinical effectiveness, and supporting innovative digital solutions to help improve clinical and operational effectiveness. Joe has nearly 30 years’ experience working in acute hospitals, including in senior director roles at the Trust and Barts Health, as well as in several district general hospitals.