Speakers - 2019

NAPC Annual Conference 2019

Our speakers

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 Amuthan, GP registrar at Penn Manor Medical Centre in Wolverhampton

Thuva has worked in the West Midlands since graduating from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. He campaigns and organises numerous regional events for junior doctors. He has learned a great deal from collaborating internationally for the RIFT (Right Iliac Fossa Pain Treatment) study and the Vasco da Gama Movement – a European network for new and future family physicians. As an alumnus, he led the Next Generation GP Midlands programme to inspire future leaders. As a representative of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Local Medical Committee and Local Negotiating Committee, he has championed the interests of his colleagues and kept them up to date with the changing landscape.


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.

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.

Hadley Beeman, Chief Technology Adviser for the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Hadley Beeman is the Chief Technology Adviser for the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. A software engineer and technical architect by training, Hadley founded an open data startup and spent a few years with the Government Digital Service (GDS) transforming the UK government’s public services.

Hadley currently works with the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS bodies on tech and digital strategy and delivery, including the recent launch of NHSX. She also serves on the W3C Technical Architecture Group, appointed by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, covering the open standards forming the future architecture of the World Wide Web.

Hadley has spent years working to improve and support the National Health Service, including creating and delivering Synapse — a structured social network for junior doctors in London and the South East of England. She also has conducted a review of the NHS web space and has helped East Kent Hospitals University NHS Trust with eLearning. She has championed the UK’s healthtech community through events like NHS Hack Day and UK Health Camp.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, GPC Executive Team

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.

Dr Helen Kingston

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 PCH 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.

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.