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    Dr Nav Chana


    Dr Nav Chana is a GP at the Cricket Green Medical Practice where he has been a GP for 25 years.

    As Chairman of the NAPC he has co-led the development of the 'primary care home' model which is one of the new care model programs endorsed by NHS England.

    He has had a varied career in healthcare education. Most recently he is the Clinical Adviser for the workforce stream of NHS England's New Care Models Program and continues as an Adviser to Health Education England (South London). He was previously a Director of Education Quality (DEQ) for Health Education South London, and prior to that the Postgraduate Dean for General Practice and Community Based Education from 2010. 

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    Dr James Kingsland OBE


    James is the Senior Partner in a nationally renowned, award winning General Practice in the North West He has been the National Clinical Lead for the English Department of Health’s implementation programmes for Clinical Commissioning since April 2009, firstly for Practice Based Commissioning and now for the NHS Clinical Commissioning Community.

    In this role he has also been the Primary Care Lead on the DH Board of the National Clinical Directors since January 2011.

    James served as Chairman of the National Association of Primary Care for 4 years and became President of the organisation in 2008, a role he still fulfills, supporting Primary Care contactors throughout the UK.
    He has a wealth of experience in General Practice, medical education and medical politics.

    He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year 2012 Honours List for services to Medicine and to Healthcare.

    He has regularly worked as a GP advisor to Ministers, Government and the Department of Health, as well as being a member of the DH National Leadership Network and now part of the NHS Top Leaders programme. 

    He continues to have a central role in supporting the current reform agenda for the NHS, particularly in the development of clinical commissioning and assists several DH reference groups.He also serves on the NICE Commissioning Steering Group, the Care Quality Commission’s Stakeholder Committee and Dr Foster Ethics Committee.

    He was appointed as a Non Executive Director of Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology NHS Foundation Trust in 2010 having previously served at Board level, for 4 years, as Primary Care Advisor to Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS FT.
    He has been a GP trainer for 20 years, served 10 years on the Regional GP Education Board and is an undergraduate tutor for the medical schools of Liverpool and University College London.

    He has extensive experience of international health care systems, recently visiting China, Australia and Italy where he has advised at Ministerial level and with Government health departments. He is the architect of and recently launched the Anglo-Italian Association of Primary Care.

    He was formerly Vice Chairman of Wirral Health Authority having previously served as a Non Executive Director of the Family Health Services Authority. He served for 10 years on Wirral Local Medical Committee, has been a member of the General Practice Committee of the BMA and for 3 years chaired its Personal Medical Services sub-committee.

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    John Pope CBE

    Chief Executive Officer

    John was appointed as Chief Executive in July 2016. We welcome John officially to the NAPC team although he's no stranger, working with since October 2015 supporting the Primary Care Home Rapid Test Sites and the New Care Models Workforce Advisory Group.


    John is a seasoned Chief Executive with over 30 years NHS experience and a track record of delivering quality improvement and organisational change through strong partnership with clinical leaders.

    • Led transformation of Postgraduate medical education in London
    • CBE awarded in 2000 for leading edge/nationally adopted NHS services
    • Member NHS Plan 2000 working group
    • Transformed and developed patient care services through site and service changes in North West London


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    Sally Kitt

    Chief Operating Officer

    Sally joined the NAPC in December 2001 as the Office Manager and assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2012. 

    As COO, Sally is responsible for the daily operation of the Association.  Sally also plays a key role in support of NAPC’s Practice Innovation Network.  

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    Dr Minesh Patel

    Vice Chairman

    Chair, Horsham & Mid-Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group at Moatfield Surgery;  GP Partner at Moatfield Surgery.    

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    Dr Peter Smith

    Vice President

    Peter has been a GP for 25 years in Kingston upon ThamesPeter has been a GP for 25 years in Kingston upon Thames where he is senior partner in a large suburban practice. He is a board member of Kingston CCG for which he Ieads on children's services. 
    He has been one of the leads on PMS within the NAPC since shortly after the scheme's  inception. His interests include clinical quality, evidence based medicine, children's services, self care and PMS.
    Dr Smith was Chairman of NAPC from April 2000 to September 2004 and was appointed as President in September 2005. He received an OBE for services to medicine in 2004.

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    Dr Durairaj Jawahar


    Dr Jawahar is a Practicing GP serving 15000 patients in North Leicester Group Practice.  Dr Jawahar is also a GP Appraiser, QOF assessor.  Dr Jawahar is Leicester city CCG board member, Millennium Locality CCG board lead, City COPD lead Cameron fund Trustee. Dr Jawahar was NAPC Treasurer from September 2008 until September 2011.  Dr Jawahar was re-elected to stand as the Association’s Treasurer in 2014.

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    Mrs Karen Acott

    Honorary Secretary

    Karen Acott has worked in various industrial, hospital and community pharmacy positions including being an area manager for a large multiple. In 1998, she was appointed Pharmaceutical Adviser for the North and East Devon Health Authority and lived through various organisational changes. In 2004, she made national headlines as the first pharmacist to be offered a partnership at Wallingbrook Health Centre. She was also one of the first to qualify as an independent prescriber. Her peers regard her as a pioneer and the Guardian profiled her role in 2006. In 2007, she was awarded ‘Pharmacy Professional of the Year’ and also given a special award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Primary and Community Care’ by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. She was appointed Executive Partner in 2010 for her business and leadership skills. Previously Chair of Faculty of Prescribing & Medicines Management, an external examiner for the Nurse Prescribing course at University of Plymouth and a visiting lecturer for University of Bath. She is currently Vice Chair of Volunteer Organisations for Young People and Children (VOYC) in Devon 

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    Dr Mike Smith

    Mike has been a disruptive innovator in healthcare for over 16 years. What's that you ask? It means he challenges long held beliefs and cultures to ‘think differently’ as Steve Jobs once put it. He is allergic to ‘talking shops’ and endless design workshops with no outputs and he thrives in an environment where people are freed of current constraints and dogma.

    Frustrated by the fragmented approach to primary care he left his partnership to explore innovative ways of collaborative working in the borough of Camden. Under his leadership as Chief Executive, the Camden GP Federation continues to grow in terms of clinical services, reputation and governance and runs several services across North Central London and represents all of the 35 practices in the borough. He and his team has been nominated for several industry awards, and last year won the coveted Clinical Leadership Team of the Year award at the BMJ Awards.

    He was the Director of Clinical Pathways at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and is the author of “the Minor Surgery Course” at the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal Society of Medicine, which has taught over 2000 GPs over the last 5 years. He is widely seen as the one of the national experts on GP Federations, and provides support to other Federations and 'Vanguards' around the country currently working within Salford and sits on the NAPC council.

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    Sheinaz Stansfield

    Sheinaz Stansfield is a managing partner, leading a multi award-winning practice functioning beyond the Five Year Forward View and the GP Forward View. She trained as a nurse and health visitor, and has held senior management roles in commissioning and provision of health services. She became a practice manager in 2008 and as practice-based commissioning organisational development (OD) lead, she supported the set-up of NHS Gateshead Clincal Commissioning Group (CCG). She was then elected as the practice representative on the NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG Governing Body. She is the practice manager representative on the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Northern Faculty Board. At national level, she is a faculty member of NHS England's Sustainable Improvement Team and member of the NAPC Executive and social prescribing lead, which facilitates her passion for patient involvement, social prescribing and quality in general practice.




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    Dr Charles Alessi

    Dr Charles Alessi is a GP in south west london.

    Dr Alessi has extensive experience of the NHS in a variety of senior positions in both primary and secondary care as well as PCTs and Health Authorities. Dr Alessi was Chairman of NAPC from January 2012 to January 2015.

    In July 2012, he was appointed Adjunct Research Professor at the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada for the MBA in Health Innovation and in July 2013 was also appointed Adjunct Research Professor in Clinical Neurosciences at the Schulich school of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

    In January 2013, he was appointed as Senior Advisor to Public Health England and was appointed lead for dementia in January 2014 and lead for Wellness in October 2014.

    He also sits on the mental health Advisory Board of one of the largest Academic Health Networks, University College London Academic Health Partnership and in September 2014, was appointed Visiting Professor of Psychology & Language Sciences - Clinical Educational and Health Psychology at University College London.

    He has extensive experience of working at senior levels both nationally and internationally, in Europe and the Americas. As an Executive member of the NAPC, which represents the out of hospital sector in the NHS Confederation, he is very active in the development of policy in healthcare  and internationally he has been active in advising both Governments and international organisations.   He also has experience of military medicine until recently acting as Director of Medicine and Clinical Governance for the British Armed Forces in Germany.

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    Ray Guy MBE

    Ray is the former Chair of the North Liverpool Locality, the only Practice Manager to hold this post.  He was instrumental in the development of the CCG Network.  Ray was heavily involved in Practice Based Commissioning and continues to advise a number of organisations on Health Care Policy.  Ray is an experienced manager across Health, Local Government and the Private Sector having specialised in Commissioning and Contracting processes for many years.  Ray has been an Executive member of the NAPC Board since 1996.


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    Mr Stephen Foster

    Stephen is a multi-award winning community pharmacist and is one of the key innovators in the country. His awards include the “Chemist and Druggist” Platinum Design Award for Service Innovation in Pharmacy (2008); “Clinical Service of the Year” (C+D Awards 2008); “Pharmacy Team of the Year” (Pharmacy Business Awards 2009); and, most recently, “Clinical Team of the Year” for his sexual health service in The General Practice Awards 2013.


    As a result of his success, Stephen was chosen as one of the Clinical Leaders of the profession nationally, and sat on the National Clinical Commissioning Network. He also represented all health professionals outside general practice as the National Lead for the Healthcare Professionals’ Commissioning Network. Recently, these two networks have merged, and Stephen is one of the founding members of the resulting National Primary Care Network.


    He was invited to represent the pharmacy profession in Clinical Leadership events run by Dr. David Colin-Thomé (former National Clinical Director for Primary Care). He also sat on the “Leadership, Representation and Advocacy”, “Professional Development and Education” and “Professional Networking” Reference Groups at RPSGB.


    Stephen was one of the first pharmacists nationally to sit on the Professional Executive Committee (P.E.C.) of his local Primary Care Trust. He was also, for five years, the Strategy Lead for Kent Local Pharmaceutical Committee (L.P.C.) and was the author of their revised vision in 2006. He was the Pharmacy Lead for the Kent Council on Addiction (K.C.A.) and was also the East Kent Champion for Smoking Cessation Services with the East Kent Health Promotion Service.


    Over the last ten years, Stephen has developed a specialism in respiratory disease, notably COPD, and for the last seven years, has run regular respiratory clinics in GP surgeries across Kent and Medway, as well as in his own practice. He also leads the East Kent Respiratory Network alongside Dr. Simon Dunn, and sits on the South East Coast Respiratory Expert Advisory Group.


    Stephen trained as an Allergy Specialist with Allergy UK in 2008, and runs a busy clinic at his pharmacy, seeing patients with allergies and food intolerances. He is the only Allergy UK-registered allergy specialist in the South East. He sat on the Specialist Curriculum Group at UKCPA, with responsibility for the development of the specialist agenda nationally, and was part of the Developing Practice project within RPSGB.


    He is in the process of developing an East Kent Diabetes Network – another specialist area of his – as well as an East Kent Stroke Network to support his work in Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation. He was also part of the Dermatology Group at the Department of Health which was responsible for re-writing the dermatology standards recently, and also has special interests in, amongst other areas, Anticoagulation, Travel Health, Men’s Health and Gout.

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    Dr Joanne Medhurst

    Dr Joanne Medhurst was appointed  Medical Director of Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust in December 2012. Her previous role was as the Joint Managing Director and Medical Director of NHS South East London Bexley Business Support Unit. As well as overseeing the day-to-day running of the organisation, Joanne's specific areas of responsibility included clinical redesign, governance, safeguarding, medicines management, commissioning and GP leadership .Joanne is also a GP and has worked in Bexley for 17 years. She trained at Guy's Hospital and carried out her GP training in Bexley. She is interested in quality improvement and the role clinical leaders have in making that successful and sustainable.


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    Dr Peter Patel

    Dr Peter Patel is the former CEO of South Birmingham Independent Commissioners (SBIC), a Pathfinder Consortium.  He is a non-clinical partner of Grange Hill Surgery and was the Chair of South Birmingham Commissioners Local Network, part of Birmingham Cross-city CCG.  Currently, he is a Primary Care Development Support lead for Birmingham South Central CCG and responsible for Workforce Development Strategy and Health Inequalities review.  Peter has been involved in Practice Based Commissioning since 2005 and led SBIC, one of the smallest commissioning consortiums in the region with around 19,000 patients to save around £4.50 million of the NHS PBC budget in 5 years.  He was responsible with his clinical colleagues for successfully re-investing around £2.20 million into new services for their patients through strong partnership development with local Foundation Trust and hospital consultants leading to efficient service reforms.  As Chair of SBIC he led on innovative projects such as employing Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice since 2006, introducing Consultant-GP led clinics in General Practice for neurology, MSK/Pain Management and many others. Peter’s special interests include Primary Care transformation, service redesign, clinical leadership, innovations in healthcare and managing health inequalities through Primary Care and Public Health.   He is also involved in voluntary sector and was the Millennium President of the Rotary Club of Birmingham, former Chair of UHB Charities and honorary President of Human City Institute.  He is founder and International Director of Faculty of Disaster Medicine (India & Nepal) which was launched in March 2015 and NAPC is one of the founder members of these faculties.    

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    Ashok Soni

    Ashok Soni OBE, is the Clinical Network Lead for Lambeth CCG. He also serves as the pharmacy and dentistry Board member for Health Education South London.

    Ashok qualified as a pharmacist in 1984 and in 1990 he became one of the first pharmacists to work on a sessional basis for his local GP surgery and worked with them on developing formularies of best practice across a number of therapeutic areas.

    In 2006, Ashok was part of the group that looked at the implementation of independent prescribing by pharmacists and following the development and launch of the curriculum he qualified as an independent prescriber in 2007. He used this to widen his scope of practice working as part of an integrated primary healthcare team with the local GP surgery.

    In 2011, Ashok was appointed to the NHS Future Forum as the first pharmacist representative to review the proposed Health and Social Care Bill. He also jointly led the workstream on the role in the Public Health in the NHS. Ashok was previously Chair of the National Pharmacy Association and Vice Chair of the English Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

    He has utilised all these opportunities to drive the value of community pharmacy as part of primary healthcare and in Lambeth has led the Healthy Living Pharmacy programme. He has also led the development of 'Health Champions' across South London and commisioned vaccination training in this area.

    In July 2014 Ash was elected President of Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).  Ash now holds a co-opted position on the NAPC Executive committee as President of RPS.

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