Speakers - 2019

NAPC Annual Conference 2019

Our speakers

Dr Sadia Ahmed, Older Adult Consultant Psychiatrist, Macclesfield General Hospital and Clinical Director for East Cheshire

Dr Sadia Ahmed is an Older Adult Consultant Psychiatrist working on an inpatient unit at Macclesfield General Hospital in East Cheshire, caring for dementia and functionally unwell elderly patients. In March 2017, Sadia was appointed the Clinical Director for East Cheshire. In November 2018, she was shortlisted in the RCPsych North West Division Awards in the category of Consultant of the Year 2018. In May 2019, she was nominated for a CWP Recognition Award in the category of “Outstanding contribution through leadership”.

Dr Peter Aitken, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital; Director of Research and Development and Medical Education at Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Dr Peter Aitken worked briefly as a GP in South West London before pursuing a career in Psychiatry. He is Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Director of Research and Development and Director of Medical Education at Devon Partnership NHS Trust, as well as Honorary Associate Professor of University of Exeter Medical School. He was RCPsych Psychiatrist of the Year 2016 and is immediate past Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry 2013-17. He is trustee at the Anthony Nolan Trust, chair of the RNLI Medical Committee and trustee at the The Lions Barber Collective. Peter lives and works in Devon.

Dr Thuva Amuthalingam, GP registrar at Penn Manor Medical Centre in Wolverhampton

Graduating from Barts, Thuva has since worked in West Midlands. He has campaigned and organised numerous regional events for junior doctors in the region. He has learnt much from collaborating internationally for the RIFT study and the Vasco da Gama movement. As an alumnus, he had the privilege of leading the Next Generation GP Midlands programme to inspire future leaders. As the RCGP, LMC and LNC representative, he has spoken up in the interests of his colleagues and kept them up to date with the changing landscape. He is passionate about helping his colleagues and modernising the NHS.

Kelly Austin, Social Navigator, Granta Primary Care Home

Kelly’s social prescribing journey started when she joined the GP practice nine years ago as a receptionist. During her time in this role she helped facilitate community weight loss groups, set up walking groups and became the carers co-ordinator. She then moved into clinical coding giving her a real insight into medical issues that can affect patients. In early 2018, Granta Primary Care Home, now a group of five merged practices and a patient population of 44,000, secured funding from their local district and county councils for a social prescribing service, an opportunity that Kelly helped to develop.

Lesley Bainbridge, Clinical Lead, North East and North Cumbria Frailty Network, Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group

Lesley trained as a nurse and midwife in Gateshead in an apprentice style training that she loved. She says she laughed through all the student years while making lifelong friends and importantly being privileged to work alongside, and learn from, nurses and midwives she still regards to be among the best in the business. Since then she has complemented her training with graduations from Northumbria University. Professionally there are two things that get Lesley out of bed every morning and they are nursing in its fullest sense and the care of older people. Having built her career across a range of settings and services she has developed a local, regional and national profile as an older people’s nurse and currently she is the Clinical Lead in the North East and North Cumbria’s Frailty Network.

Dr Manraj Barhey, Clinical Director, Medics Primary Care Network

Dr Manraj Barhey is a GP partner in Luton. He has been a GP since 1995 and has an interest in clinical leadership , GP training , frailty and dermatology. He has also held a CCG role since 2006 and enjoys GP partnership work. He is passionate about primary care network development having taken on the Clinical Director role at Medics Primary Care Network.

Gordon Barwick, Eden Social Work Team Manager, Cumbria County Council

Gordon has 38 years of social work experience including 22 years in children’s social work – for most of that time he specialised in child protection. Since 2005 he has worked in adult services and for the last two years he has been part of Eden Primary Care Home, supporting its teams to align with the developing Integrated Care Community. In October 2018, Eden became the first south west team in Cumbria to co-locate with community health colleagues.  All staff currently work on a single site which includes the community hospital, two GP practices, mental health teams, a district nursing team and the Eden Community Rehabilitation Team.

Julie Bolus, Non-executive Director, NAPC

After qualifying as a nurse in 1985, Julie Bolus worked in general practice from 1988 before moving on to roles looking at the quality of primary care. She was Chief Operating Officer for a large community trust and Director of Nursing and Quality for 13 years, the last two with Nottingham and Derby area team for NHS England. Julie retired from the NHS in 2015 and is an independent consultant working predominantly with primary and community services. She is also a Non-executive Director of Locala, a large community provider in West Yorkshire. She remains a registered and passionate nurse.

Dr Paul Bowen, GP, Team Bollington, Disley and Poynton (Team BDP) Primary Care Home

Paul is a GP Partner in the newly formed Middlewood Super-Partnership in Cheshire and has recently been appointed its Medical Director. Having led NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG as Chair for 7 years, Paul’s achievements include a successful integration contract with 5 primary care networks, clinical leadership of the local place-based integration programme, and helping to develop the merger of Cheshire’s four CCGs. Closer to home, Paul is now focussed on transforming the model of primary care across his PCN as Clinical Director, as well as advising GPs nationally on primary care sustainability and transformation.

Dr Naomi Caldwell, GP and CCG Clinical Executive Director, Northamptonshire CCGs

Naomi has been a GP Partner at Langham Place Surgery since 2001. She was appointed as Clinical Executive Director for Localities and Primary Care in June 2015. Naomi continues to work in these three roles and is passionate about improving quality and equity of care for local residents through the development of general practice and new ways of working.

Dr Jeremy Carter, GP and Clinical Director, Herne Bay Primary Care Network

Jeremy has served as a Medical Officer in the Army and has been working in the NHS as a GP at the Park Surgery, Herne Bay, since 2004. He is Executive Partner at the Park Surgery, and also works as a GP with a special interest in ear, nose and throat conditions (ENT). He has been involved in commissioning and service development since joining the NHS. In 2017 he helped establish provider company Herne Bay Health Care, co-owned by all the local Practices, to provide services across the town of Herne Bay. He is a Director of Herne Bay Health Care, and also the Clinical Director of the Herne Bay Primary Care Network.

Dr Nav Chana MBE, National Primary Care Home Clinical Director, NAPC

Dr Nav Chana served as NAPC Chair for four years and has been integral to the development and roll out of more than 200 primary care home (PCH) sites across England. Nav has been a GP at the Cricket Green Medical Practice in South West London for over 26 years. Previously he was Clinical Adviser for Workforce Redesign for the new care models programme, Director of Education Quality for Health Education South London and Postgraduate Dean for General Practice and Community-Based Education. Nav featured in Pulse’s Power 50 list of the most influential GPs in 2018 and 2019.

Michelle Chapman, Physician Associate in Acute Medicine – Surrey and Sussex NHS Healthcare Trust

Michelle graduated from St. Georges, University of London’s PA programme in 2014 and initially began working within elderly care medicine at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust.  In 2016, Michelle transferred specialties to acute medicine. Michelle has been the Lead PA for the KSS School of PAs since 2016.  The School was developed to support and provide advice to PAs, PA students, the new university programmes and employers.  In 2016, Michelle was appointed to the Faculty of Physician Associates [FPA] national board and in August 2019, Michelle was elected as the Vice President of the FPA, appointed for a three-year term.

Simon Chapman, Deputy Director, Personalised Care Group, NHS England

Simon Chapman joined NHS England as a Deputy Director in the Personalised Care Group in April 2018. He has over 15 years’ experience in the voluntary sector campaigning for people to have better choice and control over their care, particularly in relation to the end of life. He was most recently Director of Policy and External Affairs at the National Council for Palliative Care, where he also led the Dying Matters coalition. He has also served as a trustee of the National Voices charity which advocates for person-centred care.

Dr Barbara Cleaver, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Barbara trained at the Royal Free Hospital and School of Medicine, graduating in 1999. She entered higher specialist training in emergency medicine in 2007 and was listed on the General Medical Council Specialist Register as a consultant in emergency medicine in 2014. She works cross-site at St Mary’s and Charing Cross hospitals’ emergency departments. She is a trauma team leader at one of London’s major trauma centres, and coordinates trauma team leader simulation courses. She is also the clinical lead for mental health at Charing Cross emergency department and co-coaches the ‘Big Room’ on mental health crisis at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Elizabeth Clift, Clinical Lead Manager, Freshney Pelham Primary Care Home

Elizabeth qualified as a state enrolled nurse in 1978 and worked in surgical and paediatric specialities until 1992 when she moved to primary care and community nursing. Elizabeth was swiftly given the opportunity to start a conversion course to become a registered nurse. Her career was very much supported by her manager and she was given a further opportunity to start the District Nurse Specialist Practitioner programme, qualifying in 1999. Elizabeth worked as a district nurse specialist practitioner for four GP practices. In 2003 she moved to her next role leading a team of community nurses. In 2013 she became Clinical Lead Manager for the community nursing team.

Professor Colin-Thomé, Independent health consultant

Professor Colin-Thomé was a GP at Castlefields Health Centre in Runcorn from 1971 to 2007. From 2001 to 2007 he was the Department of Health’s National Clinical Director for Primary Care and from 2007 to 2010 he was the department’s National Director for Primary Care and Medical Adviser to the Commissioning and System Management Directorate. David was one of the originators of the primary care home concept and is currently a council member of the NAPC.. He is a patron of the Family Doctor Association, an associate of the Local Government Association and a fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute. He has been an independent health consultant since 2011.

Robin Conibere, Practice Clinical Pharmacist, Beacon Medical Group, Plymouth

Robin Conibere is a Practice Pharmacist at Beacon Medical Goup, a large Group Practice in Plymouth and Devon. He has worked for the practice for 5 years and conducts clinics as part of the Urgent Care Team (a team of GPs, Advanced Paramedic Practitioners and Advanced Nurse Practitioners) to help manage “on the day workload” for the Group. He is an Independent Prescriber and also helps manage patients with long term conditions and Polypharmacy issues. Robin has a background in Community Pharmacy and is keen to integrate with all pharmacy sectors to improve patient care. Beacon Medical Group are a large Innovative Group Practice who have been “working at scale” for many years to provide better patient care supported by the right skill mix and use of technology. Robin is also seconded part time to the South West Academic Health Science Network​ as a Clinical Lead for Medicines Optimsation (mainly focused on the PINCER scale up Project). Robin is also a Southern lead for the Primary Care Pharmacy Association, an organisation committed to supporting Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians working in General Practice.

Vanessa Connor, Senior Integrated Care Community Manager, North Cumbria

Vanessa has been working in a system leadership role across North Cumbria for the last three years, designing and developing the Integrated Care Community Model from concept to reality. She has more than 20 years experience within the voluntary, private and public sectors across children’s and adult health, care and education services. Her wide ranging roles have included operational management, commissioning, project management, community development, business development and grant management. She has led large scale transformational change countywide. She believes passionately in the ethos of integrated community based services, locality working and a grass roots approach to service development.

Tina Cookson, Nurse Director, South Cheshire and Vale GP Alliance

Tina is a registered nurse with 34 years experience. She has been involved with Winsford Primary Care Home (Team Winsford) since its inception and is currently the clinical lead. Tina supports all five local primary care homes and six primary care networks as part of her South Cheshire and Vale Royal GP Alliance role. She is currently a nurse director with the alliance, a board partner of Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership, a Care Quality Commission special adviser, a trustee at St Luke’s Hospice Winsford and a primary care Freedom to Speak Up Guardian.

Skylar Crutchlow, Nurse Manager/Practitioner, Holbrooks Health Team

Skylar has been working in primary care for 12 years, including three years as a registered general nurse. She is currently working as a nurse manager leading an inspiring team of healthcare professionals.  She is also involved as a general practice nurse with a GP federation and primary care network. Skylar is committed to promoting primary care nursing and is part of General Practice Nursing’s Student Nurse Network, acting as an ambassador showcasing nursing as a first choice career.

Councillor Keith Cunliffe, Deputy Leader, Wigan Council

Councillor Cunliffe has held the portfolio for health and adult social care at Wigan Council since 2008. He has been the political lead and driver of the Deal for Adult Social Care and Health and is Joint Chair of the Wigan Health and Wellbeing Board. Keith is a Member Peer at the Local Government Association providing peer review, mentoring, and workshops to a number of Local Authorities. He is also the national Vice-Chair of the Industrial Communities Alliance. He was a mental health nurse for 40 years and managed a number of mental health services.

Nic Curran, Assistant Principal Care, Support and Guidance, Winsford Academy

Nic Curran has worked as a languages teacher in various secondary schools throughout the country. Nic has over 25 years experience of leading in pastoral care in a variety of different school settings. As Assistant Principal Care, Support and Guidance at Winsford Academy, part of the Fallibroome Trust, he oversees the day to day wellbeing of over 1,000 students.

Tracy Dell, Practice Manager, Plane Trees Group Practice

Tracy has been employed as a practice manager since 2003 having previously worked in secondary care and the voluntary sector. She also provides training, coaching, mentoring and management support services to GP practices, primary care networks, CCGs, GP federations and local medical committees. With a passion for workforce development and collaborative working, Tracy was one of the key drivers in the development of an eleven practice collaborative in Calderdale, the first primary care home in Calderdale and the North Halifax Primary Care Network. Tracy is a volunteer trustee for Calderdale Carers Project and is an advocate of improving the care of armed forces veterans. She has just been shortlisted for the Practice Manager of the Year award in the General Practice Awards for the second year running.

Niall Dickson CBE, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation

Niall has served in some of the most prominent national roles in health and care. Before joining the NHS Confederation, for seven years he was the chief executive and registrar of the General Medical Council, where he oversaw a raft of major reforms. For six years before that he was chief executive of the King’s Fund which under his leadership pioneered work on managing long term conditions and the reform of social care funding. For sixteen years (from 1988 to 2004) he was a senior correspondent for BBC News, latterly as Social Affairs Editor. Early in his career he was the editor of Nursing Times and of a journal for allied health professionals.

Dr Nathalie Dukes, CEO, Freshney Pelham Care Ltd, the community nursing arm of the Freshney Pelham Primary Care Home

Nathalie qualified as doctor in Amsterdam and as a GP in North-East Lincolnshire in 2007. She’s also a GP and HYMS medical student trainer, GP appraiser and a director of the local GP-Out of Hours provider company. Freshney Pelham Care Ltd is the district nursing arm of the Freshney Pelham Primary Care Home, consisting of four GP practices using EMIS, formally in existence since 2019 but with roots and experience going back many years. The service is proving a cornerstone and a template for the whole organisation and a ‘working example’ for the three other local PCHs.

Lynn Fanning, Manager, Children’s Community and Specialist Nursing, Cambridge Community Services

Lynn started her nursing career as a registered general nurse and registered sick children’s nurse after qualifying at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in 1988. She worked as a staff nurse, midwife and health visitor until 2009 when she joined the Children’s Community Nursing Team in Cambridgeshire. She became involved in the NHS Institute’s Rapid Improvement Programme in Luton and was appointed Community Clinical Lead for the Paediatric Urgent Care Working Group. Since the start of the programme it was her goal to set up a children’s rapid response team to care for children with acute health needs closer to home. The team has been running for more than six years.

Wayne Farah, Former Vice Chair, Newham CCG , Co-Facilitator, National BME Leadership Network, NHS Confederation and carer

Wayne is a full time carer. He works with the NHS Confederation as coordinator of the national BME Leadership network. He is also a senior consultant with QK Associates which works primarily with social housing providers, where he leads the health and social care department. He has over 18 years’ experience as an NHS non-executive including six years as Vice-Chair of Newham CCG, where he was the architect of the Newham Community Prescription which won the BT Sports Industry 2018 Community Programme of the Year award. His contribution to improving health care for disadvantaged communities was recognised in 2015 with an HSJ Patient Leader Award. He relocated to the west Midlands earlier this year and joins the board of the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust in September and the Board of the Institute of Health Care Management in October. He is a long term associate of the Institute of Race Relations and has held leadership roles in numerous grassroots community organisations. He was a founding member of Adcris CIC, Umoja Theatre Company, Vision Care for Homeless People, and the Migrants Rights Network (MRN), a former Chair of An Viet Housing Association and MRN, and trustee of Newham Monitoring Project, Doctors of the World UK, and ARHAG Housing Association among others.

David Farnsworth, Associate Director Integrated Care, Wye Valley NHS Trust and member of Herefordshire Integrated Care Alliance PCH

Formerly the Executive Lead Nurse for Herefordshire CCG, David Farnsworth is currently the Associate Director Integrated Care at Wye Valley NHS Trust and part of Herefordshire Integrated Care Alliance PCH. As the lead operational manager for Wye Valley NHS Trust community services, David is also informing and delivering the strategic change priorities of the One Herefordshire Integrated Care Alliance Board. This is a partnership across all lead providers, with a focus on delivering the ‘Living well at home’ objectives, develop sustainable services and maximise community resources.

Dr Sanjay Gadhia, GP and Chair of the Primary Care Workforce Group

Dr Sanjay Gadhia qualified at the Royal Free Hospital in London in 2001.  He worked in London, Stevenage and Mansfield before completing his GP vocational training scheme in Kettering.  In 2006 he joined Lakeside Surgery as a partner and has been actively involved in the expansion and development of the practice.  He was elected to the NHS Corby CCG board in 2013. Sanjay developed a keen interest in improving services for the community both from his work as a local GP and as a forensic medical examiner for Northamptonshire Police.  He is very keen to develop services to improve healthcare services for the people of Corby. In his spare time Sanjay enjoys spending time with his young family.  When time permits he loves partaking in all sports, whether it is volunteering at the London 2012 Olympics, playing badminton regularly, running the Great North Run annually or the most strenuous, playing football with his two sons in the garden.

Glen Garrod, Immediate Past President, ADASS, and Executive Director of Adult Care and Community Wellbeing, Lincolnshire County Council

Glen joined Lincolnshire County Council in March 2012. His role was expanded to include public health in October 2016 when he became the Executive Director of Adult Care and Community Wellbeing. His previous roles have included responsibility for adult and children’s services and housing and leisure. He relinquished his role as the East Midlands Branch Chair for the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADASS) in March 2017, which he held for two years, to become the Vice-President of ADASS. He became the President of ADASS in April 2018, handing over the role at the end of April 2019. He chairs the Lincolnshire Task Group responsible for producing the Lincolnshire Better Care Fund. Glen has worked in Scotland, Wales, England, India and the USA. He has also spent a month studying local government in New Zealand.

Mark Georgevic, Non-Executive Director, National Community Hearing Association

Mark Georgevic is a Non-Executive Director of the National Community Hearing Association (NCHA), the professional representative body for hearing care providers in the UK, and served as its inaugural chairman from 2013-2018. He is the Group Legal Director and Solicitor for Scrivens Opticians and Hearing Care which provides NHS hearing care in 350 locations in England. He is also an audiologist and has experience of working in health care regulation. He now leads the NHS Hearing Team at Scrivens which is focussed on providing accredited audiology services in primary care settings.

Simon Gould, Head of Development, Assura

Simon has led the development of a wide range of primary and community healthcare premises projects across the country, working with clinicians, advisors and NHS commissioners on state of the art, flexible premises to meet the changing demands and pressures of primary care. Before his time at Assura, Simon was a development manager for Circle Housing and he holds a Masters degree in Land Use Planning and Management/Development from London South Bank University.

Dominic Hardy, Director of Primary Care and System Transformation, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Dominic Hardy is Director of Primary Care and System Transformation at NHS England. He previously held roles at regional level in NHS England as Director of Commissioning Operations for Wessex and as Regional Assurance and Delivery Director. Prior to that he worked in the South of England and South Central SHA for over 3 years, working with colleagues across the South to establish and then lead the new commissioning system. Before moving to the NHS he worked in central government in a range of roles, including at the DH with Professor Sir Ara Darzi as project director for the NHS Next Stage Review. He has also worked at the management consultancy Pricewaterhouse Coopers and as a policy advisor to Tony Blair and Principal Private Secretary to John Reid and Patricia Hewitt.

Professor Joe Harrison, Chief Executive, Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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.

Jenny Hartnoll, Service Lead, Health Connections Mendip

Jenny Hartnoll has been working in community development for the past 30 years in a variety of roles and settings. From helping set up one of the first Sure Starts to working in drug and alcohol detox centres, adult mental health day centres, theatre companies in Italy and older people’s charities. Jenny moved from Harlesden, London to Frome and set up Health Connections Mendip in 2013 alongside Dr Helen Kingston. Bringing social prescribing and community development into primary care, new PCNs and Neighbourhoods is Jenny’s current focus. Jenny also leads on Frome Medical Practice Community Interest Company which supports Frome Medical Practice as a mentor site for other areas of the UK and abroad. Jenny is a Senior Fellow of the South West Institute of Socail Prescribing and has spoken at conferences and supported other areas roll out this type of work, in this country and abroad. Jenny believes that trust, compassion, kindness and creativity are key to her work.

Dr Kathy Hoffmann, GP and Bucks CCG Diabetes Clinical Lead

Dr Kathy Hoffmann currently works as a part time salaried GP in Alesbury, Bucks and is the Bucks CCG Diabetes Clinical Lead. In the past she was a Gp partner in Camden, North London where she became North Camden PCG Chair and then Medical Director of Camden PCT. Having always chosen to work in areas of high deprivation Dr Hoffmann is passionate about the need to recognise the complexity of the lives that many of our patients live and the need to recognise the wider socio-economic challenges that often frustrate an indiviedual’s ability to best manage their health. Social prescribing recognises the wider dimensions of the individual and challenges us to improve quality of health by improving quality of life.

Dr Farzana Hussain, GP, The Project Surgery, Newham

Farzana Hussain lives and works in Newham, East London. She has been a GP for 18 years. She loves being a mum of two teens which keeps her on her toes. 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 3 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.

Prerana Issar, Chief People Officer, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Prerana is the first NHS Chief People Officer. Prerana has a wealth of expertise in leadership development and strategic talent management, as well as diversity and inclusion. Prior to joining the NHS, Prerana was Director for Public-Private Partnerships at the United Nations and prior to that she was the Chief Human Resources Officer for the World Food Programme. During this time she led the development of the United Nation’s first strategic human capital approach, as well as the reform of many key policies. Prerana also worked for over 15 years at Unilever Plc, starting with them in India and then for several years was in global roles at Unilever’s headquarters in London.

Dr Krishna Kasaraneni, GP England Executive, BMA

Dr. Kasaraneni graduated from University of Leicester Medical School in 2005.  He completed his postgraduate training in Yorkshire and currently works as a GP in Sheffield.  He has been a member of the British Medical Association’s GPs Committee (GPC) since 2011 and has previously served as the chair of the GP Trainees’ Committee and the Education, Training and Workforce policy team before joining GPC England’s Executive Team in 2017.  He authored the GPC’s workforce strategy, the majority of which made its way in to the NHS England’s national workforce plans.  Having previously served as the Chair of the BMA’s Equality and Diversity Committee (2013-2016), he was also appointed as the Ambassador for Foundation for Medical Research by the BMA in 2017 and elected to represent Yorkshire at the BMA council (2018-2022).  He currently leads on Primary Care Networks, Premises, Practice Finance, Dispensing, Education, Training and Workforce for GPC in England.

Professor James Kingsland OBE, National PCH Clinical Director

James is the Senior Partner in a renowned General Practice in the North West of England. He has extensive experience in general practice, medical education and medical politics. He is President of the NAPC, having previously served as Chair. He is the co-author of the new care model, the primary care home, and is one of two national leads for the programme. James served as a senior GP adviser at the Department of Health twice and was the National Clinical Lead for the implementation programmes for clinical commissioning. He was also the Primary Care Lead on the Department of Health Board of the National Clinical Directors. James has also held advisory positions with National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Monitor. He is the Clinical Lead for the National Primary Care Network, a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust and Founding Director of Waring Health Ltd.

Dr Helen Kingston, Somerset GP and co-founder of the Frome Project

Dr Helen Kingston is a GP in Frome, Somerset.  Together with Jenny Hartnoll,  Service Lead for Health Connections Mendip, she set up the Compassionate Frome project in 2013. The project has grown since then and in 2106 it began to expand across the Mendips with support from Dr Julian Abel and his team at Compassionate Communities UK. The project was designed to better connect and support patients and improve the working lives of those in health care. It has also demonstrated cost savings as a byproduct of this patient-centred approach.  Helen continues to work as a full time partner in Frome Medical Practice.  In July 2019 she was awarded a ‘Point of Light’ award by the Prime Minster in recognition of the work and achievements of her team.

Dr Karen Kirkham, National Clinical Adviser for Primary Care, NHS England

Dr Kirkham has been a GP for 25 years and is a senior partner in a large practice. She is Assistant Clinical Chair of Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group and Locality Clinical Chair for Weymouth and Portland. She is part of the senior leadership team at Dorset Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) and 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. In 2017 she won the NAPC’s Clinician of the Year title.

Dr David Kirkpatrick, Clinical Psychologist and GPimhs Clinical Lead, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Dr David Kirkpatrick is a Clinical Psychologist who is experienced in working with persistent physical symptoms in primary care. He is the Clinical Lead for the GP Integrated Mental Health service (GPimhs), an innovative multi-disciplinary and multi-agency primary care mental health service that is based in primary care networks across the Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System. A key value for the service is that bringing expert mental health support and guidance into the GP practice can both relieve GP workload and provide preventative and early intervention support for patients in a non-stigmatising environment.

Dr Miles Langdon, Chief Medical Officer and GP Partner, Lakeside Healthcare Group

After training as a GP in London, Dr Langdon worked as a rural GP in Newfoundland in Canada. He was a full time partner at a practice in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, for 12 years and a salaried out-of-hours doctor on Guernsey before joining the Stamford partnership in Lincolnshire in 2008. He was chair of NHS South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group from 2012 to 2014 and became Clinical Director for Emergency and Medicine at his local trust in Peterborough in 2015. His practice merged with Lakeside Healthcare Group into a single business GP super partnership in 2016 and now has almost 200,000 patients covering 13 sites in the East Midlands. Lakeside Stamford joined the NAPC Community of Practice at the end of 2016. Dr Langdon is Chief Medical Officer and Responsible Officer.

Dr Ashley Liston, GP Lead, Eden Primary Care Home (Integrated Care Community)

Ashley has been a GP for 33 years and has worked in Cumbria since 2016. Initially he worked at one of the four practices which formed the Eden Primary Care Home rapid test site. He was asked to provide leadership for the new PCH and was subsequently appointed as GP lead for the Eden Integrated Care Community which embraced all 10 GP surgeries in Eden. He is now the Clinical Director for Eden Primary Care Network which covers the same area with the same practice membership allowing the integrated teams to develop their primary care networks along the same lines as the PCH model.

Rosie Loftus, Chief Medical Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support

Rosie Loftus trained at Birmingham University and has been a GP Principal in Kent since 1989. She worked as a Clinical Assistant at the Heart of Kent Hospice for a number of years and has been a Macmillan GP since 2001. She became Macmillan GP Adviser to the London, Anglia and South East Region in July 2002 and was Macmillan’s Lead GP Adviser from 2003-2013. She was appointed Macmillan’s Joint Chief Medical Officer in 2014, a role she shared with Professor Jane Maher, reflecting the need for specialists and generalists to work together more effectively. Rosie is now Macmillan’s Chief Medical Officer after Jane stepped down from the role in December 2018. As CMO, Rosie advises on medical strategy and leads a cross sector community of 200 Macmillan GPs, together with Consultant Advisors. She is also sits on the Early Detection Task and Finish Group 2019.

Dr Markus Maiden-Tilsen, CEO, Thanet Health Primary Care Home

Dr Markus Maiden-Tilsen has worked as GP for more than 15 years and has been part of the establishment of the PCH model in Thanet. He has been the PCH lead for threeyears and is CEO of Thanet Health CIC (TH CIC) which supports, facilitates and delivers integrated health care solutions in order to build resilience mainly in primary care but also in projects which cross over into secondary care. TH CIC operates the local enhanced acute response team (E-ART) which puts primary care clinicians at the front door of the A&E department and was instrumental in better urgent healthcare provision for the Thanetian population and beyond, but also helped the local hospitals to improve the rating of their A&E department from the 4th last position into the top 40. TH CIC also facilitated the integration of clinical pharmacists into general practice and was instrumental in creating the complex acute response team (C-ART) which is a multidisciplinary team of social workers, nurses, carers, GPs and geriatricians who all take over the care of a patient some time in order to help the patient to attain best possible care and stay at home.

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.  He 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 establishing proportional governance and 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 include NAPC Chair and Director of Policy at NHS Confederation.

Dr James McClure, GP, St Austell Healthcare Primary Care Home

After completing his GP training in Cornwall in 2013 James accepted a partnership at Woodland Road surgery which became St Austell Healthcare in the subsequent mergers. Within the practice he is part of the executive group for SAH and clinical lead for palliative care and research. They are currently working with the local trust to provide transfusions, immunoglobulins, chemotherapy and ophthalmology services closer to peoples homes.

Christiana Melam, Chief Executive, National Association of Link Workers

Christiana is the Chief Executive of National Association of Link Workers, the largest national professional network for social prescribing link workers. She is the architect of the first ever national social prescribing #linkworkerday19, which trended in the United Kingdom and had a reach of over 1.6 million. Christiana is an advocate for social change, diversity, coproduction, grassroot approaches and she is passionate about social justice. She believes great leadership is about ‘lighting fire in people’ not on them. She was recognised by the Mayor of London as one of the women that make London great in 2019 and is a finalist in the upcoming Social Enterprise UK awards for the ‘Women in Social Enterprise category.

Ned Naylor, Director of Primary Care Provider Transformation, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Ned is Director of Primary Care Provider Transformation at NHS England and NHS Improvement. He previously led the national STP team and worked to set up the ICS programme, supporting systems around the country to provide more integrated care. Ned trained as a doctor, practising in the UK and South Africa, and holds a Master’s in Public Health.

Dr Gerard Newnham, Strategy Director, Granta Primary Care Home

Gerard has been with Granta Primary Care Home (PCH) for 10 years. In that time, he has transformed the way primary care service are delivered, giving the organisation space to start its journey towards an integrated service provider. Granta PCH now has 44,000 patients across five sites and operates a board with an independent chair. Gerard is also the chair of the Granta integrated board with equal members from its secondary and community providers alongside local authority and not-for- profit sector colleagues. Granta PCH is in the process of transforming and intergrading outpatient’s services and community services.

Jill Ottley, Operational Nurse Manager, Freshney Pelham Care Ltd

Jill is a registered nurse and has been the Operational Nurse Manager for the community nursing service with Freshney Pelham Care Ltd in Grimsby for six years. Before this Jill worked as a community staff nurse and team leader for a busy single-handed GP consortium. Jill is responsible for the day to day operational management of the nursing team, liaising with GP practices, the clinical commissioning group and aligned services. This is an integrated team and Jill is the interface between all aligned professionals and the nursing team ensuring the 8am to 8pm seven day a week community nursing service is effectively managed.

Arjun Panesar, Founding CEO and Head of AI, Diabetes Digital Media

Arjun is the founding CEO and Head of AI at Diabetes Digital Media (DDM). DDM provide evidence-based digital health technologies that are clinically demonstrated to improve patient and population health. Arjun is an expert in healthcare AI, holding a first-class honours degree in computing and artificial intelligence from Imperial College, London, and has 15 years of experience. Arjun is a Fellow of the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme, NHS Innovation Accelerator Programme Board, Innovation Advisor and Advisor to Information School, University of Sheffield. Arjun’s book Machine Learning and AI for Healthcare was published in 2019.

Dr Ishani Patel, GP and Co-founder, Lantum

Dr Ishani Patel is a GP, leads the North West London, digital accelerator and co-founder of Lantum, a total workforce technology platform partnering with primary care, hospitals and integrated care systems to mobilise and improve connectivity to the workforce – all types of staff, voluntary and the care-force and of course digital. Lantum has saved over £15m already for the NHS and has a mission to save £1bn by eliminating agency spend and improving efficiency savings by applying its technology to optimising workforce systems.

Jignesh Patel, Pharmacist and Independent Prescriber, Rohpharm

Jignesh Patel is an independent prescriber and a community pharmacy owner who has won several awards, which includes the Pharmacy Business Innovation Award (2010), Chemist and Druggist Innovation Award (2011) and the Pharmacy Business Magazine’s Business of the Year Award (2014).Jignesh is also the co-founder of traveljab.co.uk (online travel clinic booking site) and a board member for the Newfed Pharmacy federation. In the past, he has been Vice Chair of North East London LPC (2000-2005) and has sat on various PCT committees. Jignesh worked with GP practices through integrated IT platforms to enhance patient care.

Hollie Poole, Head of Primary Care Network Community Teams, West Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Hollie is the Operational Lead for the PCN Community Teams across the West Sussex footprint. Prior to this operational role she held a joint commissioning and cross provider role within Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex to bring together teams of community, mental health and social work staff with shared access to health and social care systems enabling wider collaborative integrated care based around the local practice populations. Hollie is passionate about the importance of building relationships to ensure effective collaboration and will be talking about how integrated care is working in Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex and how bringing together the care resources of general practice, community and mental health services, social care, and increasingly community pharmacy, third sector and paramedics focused around a registered population supports the delivery of anticipatory care.

Mridula Pore, co-founder and CEO, Peppy

Mridula is a Cambridge and MIT trained chemical engineer who has built her career in healthcare service design and management – first as a management consultant at McKinsey and then at Sandoz, where she led the UK retail pharmacy business. She subsequently moved into digital health, starting at Peppy in 2018. Peppy provides non-medical health support to employees going through a big life transition, such as becoming a parent or going through the menopause. They provide vetted and curated services including nurse consultations, lactation consultants, women’s health physio and specialist mental health support.

Don Redding, Director of Influence and Partnerships, National Voices

Don Redding is Director of Influence and Partnerships for National Voices, the coalition of health and care charities in England. He is a leading authority on person-centred and community- based care, and on integrated care, helping to build the evidence and arguments up to and including the publication of NHS England’s Universal Personalised Care plan. He is currently leading the coalition’s work to influence the development of primary care networks, contributing to the national programme and making partnerships with organisations (including NAPC) that are interested in prioritising personalisation, community engagement and health inequalities.

Dr Reg Rehal, Advanced Pharmacist Practitioner and Clinical Director Tilbury and Chadwell Primary Care Network

I qualified as a pharmacist from King’s College London in 2008 and following this did my PhD in pharmaceutical sciences which finished in 2013. I went on to do my non-medical prescribing diploma in 2014. I have worked across many counties including Kent, London and Thurrock. At present I have a multifactorial role in Thurrock and London where I am a clinical director for Tilbury and Chadwell PCN, pharmacist lead for Thurrock health hubs, advanced pharmacist practitioner for several GP surgeries, clinical mentor for CPPE Newham and senior lecturer of non-medical prescribing for LSBU.

Zoe Richmond, Interim Clinical Director, Local Optical Committee Support Unit

Zoe is an optometrist with considerable experience in service redesign, supporting the development of extended primary eye care services across England. She joined the Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU) in 2011 as an optical lead and has a particular interest in service pathway development. She is leading a programme to continue the development of the Clinical Service Pathways Framework, extending the range of eye conditions which can be managed in local optical practices.  She is also juggling her busy workload as LOCSU’s  Interim Clinical Director. As a member of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning, Zoe works with eye health leaders to support the national agenda to improve eye health and eye care provision across England.

Ian Roberts, Family Psychotherapist

Ian is Family Psychotherapist and registered Mental Health Nurse working in young people’s mental health services in Cheshire. I have worked in child and young people’s mental health services since 1991, both inpatient and community services.  I currently manage Young Peoples Eating Disorder teams, Mental Health staff in Youth Justice Teams as well as 0-16 Child & Young People’s Mental Health Services. Although my current role is as Clinical Manager, I also practice as a Therapist within Winsford 0-16 Camhs team. This Winsford Academy Project is a fantastic development as it emphasises the need for greater understanding, more support that is flexible and increased communication.

Simon Robinson, Advanced Clinical Practitioner, Beacon Medical Group

Simon works as an advanced clinical practitioner and independent prescriber for Beacon Medical Group in Devon which has a patient population of approximately 43,000. He joined Beacon four years ago and works as part of its urgent and unscheduled care team triaging, consulting and formulating care plans for patients of all ages and conditions. He is the lead for education and development and has designed and implemented educational frameworks for the multi-professional team consisting of advanced paramedics and nurse practitioners, clinical pharmacists, minor illness nurses, physios and a dietician.  He is currently working on developing a walk-in clinic for feverish children under the age of six and, in conjunction with Plymouth University, a six-month funded trial introducing a dietitian into primary care.

Caroline Rollings, NAPC PCH Faculty Member and former Managing Partner, Newport Pagnell Primary Care Home

Caroline has worked in primary care for 30 years. As a specialist primary care nurse and psychodynamic counsellor, she developed a successful stress management course reducing GP attendance and prescribing. She spent seven years as Lead Nurse for Newport Pagnell Medical Centre’s Integrated Nursing team and following an MBA, 11 years as managing partner developing an innovative practice encompassing GMS/Provider services and a second wave PCH. The practice has been rated as CQC outstanding. Now an NAPC Faculty Member, she is passionate about holistic patient care believing that valuing and supporting colleagues, leadership, and population health provision all play a part in achieving those aims.

Eric Rooney, Deputy Chief Dental Officer, NHS England, Consultant in Dental Public Health, Public Health England, Honorary Professor of Dental and Oral Health Policy, University of Central Lancashire

Qualified as a dentist in 1983, Eric has worked in clinical practice and held a number of roles in the NHS including Clinical Director, Medical Director and Consultant in Dental Public Health. He has wide experience of dental policy development and in 2008/9 he co-authored ‘NHS Dental Services in England, An Independent Review’ led by Professor Jimmy Steele. He is currently Clinical Lead for the Department of Health’s Dental contract reform programme and chairs the Evaluation Sub Group. Eric has been an invited Board member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and is a Past President of the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry (BASCD).He took up post as Deputy Chief Dental Officer at NHS England in November 2015 and leads the work on primary pare networks, integration and new models of care.

Dr Uzma Sarwar, Paediatric Clinical Director, Luton CCG

Completing her MBBS and BSC from King’s College London in 2007, Uzma went on to the Kings VTS scheme and became a GP in 2013. She joined Luton CCG in 2016, initially working as stroke clinical lead they implemented changes with the local trust to improve failing local Stroke services and created a successful hyper-acute stroke unit. In 2016 Uzma became the paediatric clinical director and has been working to improve local services.

Dr Pooja Sikka, Partner, TenX Health

Pooja is a Partner at newly launched TenX Health – a hands-on venture capital firm dedicated to health tech, alongside supporting the development of NAPC Digital. She has a background in healthcare consulting and Ventures at EY and expertise in population health models. Pooja is a Locum GP in Lambeth, London where she has been practising for over ten years.

Dr Stewart Smith, Medical Director, St Austell Healthcare Primary Care Home

Dr Smith is a GP Partner and Medical Director at St Austell Healthcare Primary Care Home, which serves 31,000 patients and was one of 15 national rapid test sites for NAPC’s primary care home programme. The practice has embraced multi-disciplinary and integrated working with 3,800 patients per whole time equivalent GP. St Austell PCH was used as a case study in the recent GP Partnership Review.

Ashok ‘Ash’ Soni OBE,  Council Member, NAPC

Ash Soni OBE is the former president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. He was elected president for a second time in July 2017 after previously holding 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.

Dr Mark Spencer, GP and Lead, Healthier Fleetwood Primary Care Home

Dr Spencer has been a GP in Fleetwood since 1991 and sits on the NAPC Council. He is Chair of the Fleetwood Primary Care Home. He is also the Clinical Lead for Primary Care Transformation for the Lancashire and Cumbria Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. In 1994 he was the co-founder of Fylde Coast Medical Services – a local GP co-operative providing 24/7 out-of-hospital urgent care. He remains a director. He is also a co-founder and national leader for NHS Collaborate, a mutually supportive community of leaders across primary care.

Lawrence Tallon, Director of Performance, Planning and Strategy, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Lawrence joined UHB as Director of Performance, Planning & Strategy in October 2017. He was previously Managing Director of the Shelford Group. Before that, he was an Executive Director at a large university hospital in the Middle East, where he led on a range of reforms aimed at developing one of the region’s first academic health systems. Before working in hospitals, Lawrence was a Deputy Director in the UK Civil Service, specialising in health policy at the Department of Health. He worked closely with health ministers, the Cabinet Office, HM Treasury and Downing Street on a range of high profile, cross-governmental programmes. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London and with Masters Degrees in History, also from SOAS, and Health Policy from Imperial College London.

Caroline Taylor, GP and Lead, North Halifax Community Wellbeing Partnership Primary Care Home

Caroline has been a GP in North Halifax since 2000. She joined Calderdale CCG Governing Body in 2014 as mental health lead. In April 2018 she established North Halifax Primary Care Home which as North Halifax Community Wellbeing Partnership has become rapidly successful facilitated by the Calderdale system commitment towards integrated working as set out in the Single Plan for Calderdale, which all partners are signed up to. The PCH has used population health management and community engagement to identify mental health as its initial priority. Early successes include service mapping and locality clinics addressing wider determinants of health.

Neil Tester, Director, Richmond Group

Neil started his role as Director at the Richmond Group in September 2019. The Richmond Group brings together 14 national charities that serve 15 million people with long-term conditions across England to improve health and social care policy and practice. Neil was previously Deputy Director of Healthwatch England, leading work on maximising impact and increasing the influence of people’s experience of health and social care policy. Starting out in journalism on Parliament’s The House Magazine, Neil went on to work for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and for federated charities including Relate, as well as other membership organisations.

Dr Sarah Whiteman, Medical Director, Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Groups

As a GP Sarah has enjoyed a portfolio career that has included roles as Associate Postgraduate Dean, GMC Case Examiner, and Forensic Medical Examiner. She was one of first Area Team Medical Directors with NHS England, moved to be an Associate Medical Director with NHS Improvement and has recently returned from Jersey where she was the primary care medical director. Her current focus is on the value of multi-professional working.

Dr Haydn Williams, GP partner, Sundon Medical Centre

Dr Haydn Williams has been a GP partner at Sundon Medical Centre in Luton since 2000, with an interest in elderly medicine and palliative care. He has various roles that aim to provide holistic and integrated care to frail elderly in Luton. He is the CCG clinical lead for enhanced health in care homes, and ‘at home first’ which is designing enhanced models of frailty care with community services. He is also the clinical director of the Hatters Health Network: one of 5 primary care networks in Luton that have been at the forefront of developing primary care home initiatives to integrate care and make primary care more sustainable.

Catherine Wills, Workforce Programme Lead Northamptonshire CCGs

Catherine has worked closely with primary care colleagues in the East Midlands region over a number of years through her previous roles in federations and as regional workforce planner and project manager for NHS Health Education England. Catherine’s experience lies in Strategic Workforce Planning and she has previously led on workforce transformation, education commissioning and new role development, including supporting clinical pharmacist pilots in general practice. Most recently Catherine’s role has been focused on delivering on the ambitions of the General Practice Forward View (GPFV) for Northamptonshire, including international recruitment, retention and practice nurse development. Catherine leads on supporting primary care networks (PCNs) for the county on their workforce requirements. This has resulted in Northamptonshire being a positive outlier attracting and retaining a workforce in general practice, and leading the way in PCN organisational development and leadership.

Josie Worthington, Team Manager, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Trust

Josephine is a registered mental health nurse and has worked in the National Health Service for 30+ years. She currently works for Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Trust as a Team Manager for the Older Adults Community Mental Health Team.  The team comprises of three Consultant Psychiatrists, Mental health Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapist and Support Workers. They work closely with 23 GP surgeries as part of the community care network, of which there are five in Eastern Cheshire. Josephine was awarded the Recognition Award for Outstanding Contribution to Patient Care 2019. Two of the Care Communities (out of five) are already working in this way – accepting dementia patients back and working to this New Care Pathway. Over the next 12-18 months they are expecting all five Care Communities to be working in this way.