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    Michael Lennox

    Michael has 30 years leadership and operational experience within the pharmacy and healthcare sector.

    As a qualified pharmacist, he has excellent and a highly detailed understanding of community pharmacy, the NHS and the delivery of healthcare products and services.  Michael has had national roles within community pharmacy allowing him to apply his diverse and extensive skills-base in people leadership as well as customer-facing business operational and development arenas. Michael led an extensive team of regional business development managers to drive market leading performance in new commissioned pharmacy-enabled services for NHS, voluntary and commercial sector clients.

    Michael is the Chief Officer for Somerset Local Pharmaceutical Committee as well  as a member of NHS England Local Professional Network for Pharmacy. He joined the NAPC Council in September 2016.



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    Hemant Patel

    Hemant Patel, FRPharmS, DipPharmacol, M.I.Mg, is secretary at North East London Local Pharmaceutical Committee. Four-time former president of the RPSGB, Hemant understands community pharmacy. He specifically possesses a deep understanding of pharmacy practice, education, regulation and politics and has led innovative projects in medicines management, public health and retailing. He also served as chairman of NPA, vice-chairman of PSNC and a consultant to a number of pharmaceutical companies. UK Delegation member, Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union, Europharm Forum, UK Delegation member, Representative, Community Pharmacy Section, FIP, Vice-President, Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Association, Director of Havering Healthwatch.

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    Roland Gude


    Roland is the Strategic Director of Sentinel Healthcare South West CiC and part of the NAPC.  He has worked in the NHS for the last eight years and has seen both sides of process as provider and commissioner.  He has worked on numerous projects and developments in particular IT and service transformation.  Previously he has worked in accountancy, tax and project management.  Roland fully supports the work of the NAPC and wants to see the NHS flourish in these difficult times.

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    Dr Ben Atkins

    Ben Atkins is a general dental practitioner and clinical director of Revive Dental Care, Manchester. (www.Revivedentalcare.co.uk) His practice won the British Dental Health Foundation awards for Best Smile Week event in 2005 and 2007. His main drive in practice is education of his patients, this is demonstrated in the practice mission statement: ‘Our mission is for all our patients to understand their mouths, preventative regime and treatment.’

    As a clinician Ben is a former tutor at Manchester Dental Hospital and a Dentist With Specialist Interest (DWSI) in restorative dentistry. His practices have a number of separate NHS contracts that cater for the Oral Health needs of the Hard to Reach groups as well as the general population within the current NHS Dental Pilot. Ben encourages his staff to improve the oral health of Hard to Reach patients in the UK and overseas. He has provided a mobile dental surgery in Tanzania and two of his dentists have undertaken voluntary work in that surgery.

     His expertise away from the surgery includes – Press and Parliamentary Representative for the British Dental Association; Former Healthcare Commission adviser on dental complaints; Co-optee of the a National Institue of Clinical Excelence (NICE) Public Health Advisory  Committee; Member the Periodontal steering group for the Department of Health (DoH), Chairman of Salford Local Dental Committee (LDC), Performance List Panel member for NHS England. Wrigleys ambassador. Trustee of British Dental Health Foundation.

    Dr Atkins joined the NAPC Council in September 2016.

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    Dr Nikita Kanani

    Nikita is a GP in South East London and CCG Clinical Executive for Integrated Care and Diabetes. She is a Medical Adviser for NHS Direct and the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management Quality Improvement Lead. She is passionate about improving service provision and access within the NHS and has managed and taken the lead on numerous projects spanning complex cross organisational boundaries.  She is Co-Chair of The Network (www.the-network.org.uk, @TheNetwork001), an online community connecting almost 3000 healthcare professionals to improve the quality of care in the UK and beyond. She is an RCGP Clinical Commissioning Champion and National Association of Primary Care Council member, and committed to developing clinical leadership in the rapidly changing Primary Care landscape.    
    Dr Kanani has previously held the role of Honorary Secretary for NAPC.

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    Dr Niraj Patel

    Dr Niraj Patel is a GP principal at a large city practice in South London, with a specialism in Health Policy and Commissioning. He has been PBC Chair for NHS Greenwich and Vice-Chair of Greenwich CCG. He has also advised the Department of Health on AQP and Procurement and been a member of the NICE Quality Standards Advisory Committee. He is currently an NAPC Executive Member and RCGP Clinical Commissioning Champion.  He has a Masters in Healthcare Commissioning from the Health Service Management Centre, passing with Merit. He also has an interest in medical education and is a GP Trainer and co-author of the Royal Society of Medicine's Handbook of Practice Management. He was made a Fellow of the RCGP in 2013. His particular interest is in Evidence Based Health Policy and Practice, specifically in regards to market forces in healthcare delivery, integrated care and primary care provision. 

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    Dr Sanjiv Ahluwalia

    Sanjiv is a GP in North London and supports the development of primary care education in North Central and East London.

    His educational interests are in developing educational networks, understanding complexity and uncertainty in healthcare, and promoting generalism in education.  He has a masters in primary care (from the University of Hertfordshire - so nice to come back) and is undertaking educational research at the Institute of Education.



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    David Colin-Thome

    Speciality: General Practice

    Region: national

    areas of expertise: Primary and community services, commissioning, Long term conditions

    Other organisation affiliations: Chair PCC, Trustee Guy’s and St Thomas’s charity and Queen’s Nursing Institute, Non executive director London Cancer


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    Dr John Horrocks

    Urgent Health UK

    Speciality: Urgent and Unscheduled Care

    Region: National

    3 areas of expertise: GP Out-of-hours, Social Enterprise, NHS Commissioning

    Other organisation affiliations: Consultancy

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    Josiane Wadey

    Speciality: Practice Management & Patient & Public Involvement

    Organisation: St Lawrence Surgery

    Region: Worthing, West Sussex

    3 areas of expertise: Self care, practice management networking, patient and public involvement

    Other organisation affiliations: West Sussex Practice Managers Association, Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group, National Practice Management, Self Care forum

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    Manjit Jhooty

    Jhoots Group

    Manjit is the Managing Director of Jhoots Group. His expertise is consolidated through successful building of relationships with other key partners and professionals in the industry.

    Jhoots are an independent community pharmacy; we place a strong emphasis on being able to provide the best products, services and professional advice to our customers. We are driven by vision, innovation and passion and place the customer at the heart of everything we do.

    Nationally, Manjit is working with a variety of professional bodies and the Pharmaceutical industry, in the design and implementation of new pharmacy led projects to compliment the recent primary care changes in the commissioning and delivery of primary care.


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    Mina Jesa

    Luton & Bedfordshire CCG

    Speciality: Inclusion & Cohesion

    Organisation: Luton & Bedfordshire CCG

    Region: East of England

    areas of expertise: Equalities, Consultation & engagement, Health Inequalities

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    Paul Charlson

    GP/ GPwSI Dermatology

    Dr Paul Charlson FRCGP DRCOG DPD DOccMed MBCAM

    a member of the editorial board of MIMS Dermatology and a Board member of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine. His other roles are Strategic Medical Director One Medical Group, QA Tutor Yorkshire Deanery and RCGP Commissioning Champion. He has recently formed Doctors Policy Research Group with 4 others a think tank to examine UK Healthcare

    Position: portfolio GP and GPwSI in Dermatology in Yorkshire

    Areas of Expertise: AQP , commercial and NHS provision, education

    Other organisation affiliations:  RCGP commissioning champion, board member British College of Aesthetic Medicine, Strategic Medical Director One Medical Group

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  • Picture of Dr  Phil  Yates

    Dr Phil Yates

    Phil has experienced 32 years as a frontline GP. He as commissioning experience as a Executive Chairman of a PCT, and provider experience as a GP and as Chairman of GP Care, a health care provider owned by GP practices that seeks to refashion the interface between community and hospital services. He still serves GP Care as a non-executive director. He has Chaired the National Association of Provider Organisations, a network of the National Association of Primary Care, is on the Governing body of Primary Care Commissioning and is the current Chairman of the South West Clinical Senate. He has cofounded NHS Collaborate, a leadership support & development entity linked with the NAPC, NHS Alliance, RCGP, FMLM and the Nuffield Trust. He is a great believer in the centrality of good primary care to the effective functioning of the healthcare in the NHS as a whole. He is also an expedition doctor and supports charity fundraisers in their excursions to the more extreme corners of the globe.

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    Dr Susan Blakeney

    Susan has practised in a variety of optometric practices, both multiple and independent.  After obtaining a first class degree in optometry she went on to complete three degrees in law and a PhD.  She has been awarded the Fellowship of the College of Optometrists for services to the profession.  She has lectured in the UK and abroad, published papers in peer-reviewed journals and written a book chapter.    She has appeared on national television, regional and national press and the video on ‘Eye tests for adults’ on NHS Choices.  She is interested expanding the roles optometrists can play in managing patients within primary care.  As Optometric Adviser to West Kent Primary Care Trust she designed and wrote the first ‘repeat fields and pressures’ scheme in the UK to enable optometrists to refine their own referrals for patients with suspect glaucoma rather than referring them to hospital.  Similar schemes have since been rolled out in other areas, avoiding patients unnecessary trips to hospital and saving the NHS money.  She has also advised on the Primary Eyecare Acute Referral Service (PEARS) to enable optometrists to manage some acute conditions that may otherwise necessitate a hospital visit.  She is currently Clinical Adviser to the College of Optometrists, Optometric Adviser to the NHS England Kent and Medway Area Team and a practising community optometrist.

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    Val Hempsey

    Val Hempsey is Practice Mnaager and Sole Contractor of Bridges Medical Practice in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.  This is a PMS practice on the banks of the river Tyne close to Newcastle city centre.  She has been sole contractor since 2006 when the last of 3 GP partners retired and as the last remaining partner she took over the practice.  She employs 5 Salaried GP's, Nurse practitioner, Practice Nurse, Pharmacist and a host of admin staff.  She is also the Practice lead for Gateshead CCG where she is an elected Exuctive Board member.  She also leads on Learning Disability and Veterans for the CCG and is currently working with her colleagues in Newcastle in preperation for their agreed merger of the 3 local cross Tyne CCG's to take effect April 2015, mainly on constitutional changes.

    Her national work has always been around Practice Management, its effects, its influence and its skills and the difference it can make and to this effect she is the link Manager on the National Practice Management Steering Group representing NAPC.  She is a former Executive member of NAPC and is currently on Council.

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    Moira Auchterlonie

    Chief Executive Officer | Family Doctor Association

    Moira is Chief Executive Officer at the Family Doctor Association (FDA), a leading primary care organisation and educational charity.  The FDA has a growing membership of UK GP practices that provide continuity of care and personal doctoring to their patients. She has worked in primary care for two decades, leaving secondary care for the promise of a primary care-led NHS.  She remains an optimist despite being in touch with the trials and tribulations of over 5,000 jobbing GPs.  Her forte is translating NHS-speak into plain English and writes the FDA NHS buzzword bingo column and edits the series of FDA GP factsheets.  She describes herself as a practical, common sense thinker even with degrees in economics, law and leadership.

    Current portfolio includes: Department of Health stakeholder network, NHS England, CQC, Health Education England, FDA education innovation & corporate business development.  Outside work she can be found in her allotment, out in the Pennines enjoying the geology, practising German, or eBay trading.

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    Dominic Arkwright

    Director, The Sound Doctor


    Region: National

    Areas expertise: Films/podcasts educational journeys with action points/goal setting for patients  to improve self management and quality of life, Self Management of long term conditions, health education and promotion

    Other organisations/affiliations: Member of CHaT – the collaborative on health and technology

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    Paul Springer

    Paul is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal Society of 

    Public Health. He has been leading the Dementia Action Alliance Action 

    Group on timely diagnosis and post-diagnostic support, is Co-Chair of 

    the Department of Health’s task and finish group on Dementia Pathway 

    Integration, and leads for the NAPC on the development of Primary Care 

    Navigators in GP practices and community pharmacies. Paul originated 

    the Age Related Diseases and Health Trust (Agetrust) - helping to define a 

    new “below-the-radar” model for encouraging productive synergies within 

    and between sectors. His principle focus in the NAPC is the development of 

    practical approaches to wellness in primary care.

    As an almost irrelevant aside, Paul has been a performer in “Star Wars” 

    and “Little Shop of Horrors”, and worked both sides of the camera on films 

    including “Roger Rabbit” and television with ITV, C4 and the BBC.

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    Dr Jeremy Rose

    Having completed his pre-clinical work at Pembroke College, Cambridge, Dr Rose qualified in 1980 from Guy's Hospital in London. He's a founder director of The Practice plc.

    Until 2006 he worked as a GP in a large PMS practice in High Wycombe where he was closely involved in first wave fund-holding and the development of the local GP out of hours cooperative. He was also clinical governance lead and chair of the professional executive committee of Wycombe PCT. Dr Rose still works part time as a GP at The Practice Prospect House in Great Missenden. He is Clinical Director of The Practice and sits on the board of the plc, with a specific responsibility for clinical governance across the organisation.

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    John Myatt

    Strategic Development Director for Serco’s Health Care business

    John Myatt is responsible for developing and establishing Serco’s healthcare strategy, working with customers to develop responses to their needs.  His work has a global reach and he has supported Serco’s recent market entry activities in the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    John has extensive experience in healthcare from policy through commissioning to delivery.  John previously worked at the UK Cabinet Office and reviewed government departments including Number 10 Downing Street and the Department of Health.  Prior to joining Serco John established a healthcare advisory business at Capgemini.

    Serco Health Care deliver people-centred joined-up health care solutions. We offer Clinical Care Services (out of hospital), Care-Coordination, Integrated Facilities Management and Business Process Outsourcing within and across all settings.

    We deliver by listening hard to everyone - from patients to porters to paediatricians  - then creating tailored services in partnership.  We bring fresh ideas from across our business and the wider world and put them to work wherever they are needed, to deliver the best and most innovative care solutions for our clients.

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    Professor Steve Field CBE FRCP FFPH FRCGP

    Steve is Chief Inspector of General Practice of the Care Quality Commission.

    Title:                       Chief Inspector of General Practice

    Organisation:          Care Quality Commission

    Region:                   National


    Steve is also Chairman of the National Inclusion Health Board – Improving the health of the most vulnerable, which as its title suggests, focuses on improving the health outcomes of vulnerable groups (such as the homeless, Gypsies and Travellers, sex workers and vulnerable migrants). It pursues greater equity in health care and health outcomes, across communities we serve with a drive to make sure “the invisible ones” are seen, heard and have access to quality care, regardless of circumstance or need.


    He continues to practise as a GP at Bellevue Medical Centre in Birmingham.  Bellevue is a large Academic Training Practice, involved in research and health care education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It provides a wide range of innovative clinical services in a deprived inner city area. 

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    Dr Lia Ali

    Dr Lia Ali is a Liaison Psychiatrist dual trained in General Adult & Old Age Psychiatry. She has particular interests in digital healthcare, medical education and the interface between physical and mental health in primary & secondary care. She is the Clinical Lead for the award winning Patient EMPOWERMENT myhealthlocker project and represent aspects of the Trust' digital health interests overseas . She is a Consultant Psychiatrist in the Promoting Recovery Team Croydon West for the Psychosis Clinical Academic Group at the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

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