New NAPC leadership vows to continue to drive forward the integration agenda improving population health for communities 

New NAPC leadership vows to continue to drive forward the integration agenda improving population health for communities 

Former National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) Chair Dr Johnny Marshall OBE took over as NAPC President this week saying there was now “a real opportunity to offer practical support and improve the health of the population” with the organisation’s 20 year pursuit of providing team-based integrated care coming to fruition.

He was elected as NAPC’s new president at its annual general meeting this week after Professor James Kingsland OBE stepped down from the position after 11 years.  James is a lifetime NAPC member and will continue as a Director of NAPC Services and National PCH Clinical Director.

Commenting on James’ term as president, John Pope, NAPC Chief Executive Officer, said: “James’ dedication to transforming primary care has been evident not only during his role as president with us but throughout his career in primary care. He has championed innovation and driven change, and been integral to the development of the primary care home programme. We are delighted James will continue to work with us driving forward the integration agenda”.

Dr Minesh Patel was re-elected as NAPC Chair. He is joined on the NAPC Board by Karen Acott and Julie Bolus who were reelected by the NAPC Council as Non-Executive Directors and two new NEDs Professor Ash Soni OBE, Vice President of the International Pharmacy Federation (FIP) and Dr Farzana Hussain, GP at the Project Surgery in Newham (see below for biographies).

Dr Johnny Marshall takes over as NAPC President with a wealth of experience. He is a GP at Westongrove Primary Care Home and former NAPC Chair. He has led NAPC’s work supporting the development of primary care homes and primary care networks across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) ICS and was previously Director of Policy at NHS Confederation.

Commenting on his new position, he said: “It’s a privilege to be elected president at a time when NAPC has influenced national PCN policy and our aspirations for supporting and making a real difference to the health and well being of communities are coming to fruition, particularly through NAPC’s primary care home model. We are now looking to extend this approach to support integration across acute and community providers and I’m very much looking forward to working with the NAPC team to take it to the next level.”

The NAPC is a leading membership organisation representing the interests of primary care professionals including general practitioners, nurses, practice staff, pharmacists, opticians and dentists.

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Dr Johnny Marshall OBE, NAPC President

Johnny is a GP at Westongrove Primary Care Home and a highly experienced NHS leader. During his career, Johnny has built a reputation as a trusted leader and advisor, providing valued vision and insight on health and care policy on behalf of NHS membership organisations.  Johnny remains passionate about adopting a population health perspective across health and care and developing sustainable support for individuals and communities, particularly through NAPC’s primary care home model. Johnny has worked on building effective partnerships at board level between NHS membership organisations and health and care partners, in particular national NHS bodies, professional representative groups and local government. His previous roles included Chair of NAPC and Director of Policy at NHS Confederation.

Dr Farzana Hussain, NAPC Non-Executive director

Farzana Hussain lives and works in Newham, East London. She has been a GP for 18 years. She is a single-handed GP at the Project Surgery and is involved in medical education. She has trained in quality improvement and is a local champion. In the past three years she has taken on various leadership roles in the local GP community and sits on the local medical committee and is a board director on Newham’s GP federation. She is a council member of the NAPC and recently been appointed as a clinical director for her primary care network.

Ashok ‘Ash’ Soni OBE, NAPC Non-Executive director

Ash Soni OBE is the Vice President of the International Pharmacy Federation. He is a member of the English Pharmacy Board and Immediate Past President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.  Previously, 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 and was appointed visiting professor at Huddersfield University in 2016.


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