GPPA appoints first Board

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The General Practice Providers Alliance (GPPA) has announced appointments to its first Board, representing all five boroughs in NCL. The Board is formed of executive and non-executive members, from both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds.

Non-executive members:

Barnet

  • Nick Dattani, GP Principal Millway Medical Practice and Clinical Lead NCL CCG 
  • Ahmer Farooqi, GP Principal Old Court House Surgery and Chair, Barnet Federated GPs CIC 

Camden (interim)

  • Tom Aslan, GP Principal, Hampstead Group Practice and joint PCN (North Camden) Clinical Director
  • Ammara Hughes, GP Principal, Bloomsbury Surgery; PCN (Central Camden) Clinical Director and Director, CHE GP Federation

Enfield

  • Sarit Ghosh, GP Principal, Medicus Health Partners; PCN (Enfield Unity) Clinical Director and Enfield GP Federation Director
  • Alpesh Patel, GP Principal, White Lodge Medical Practice and Director, Enfield GP Federation 

Haringey

  • Simon Caplan, GP Principal, Fernlea Surgery 
  • Will Zermansky, GP Principal, Highgate Group Practice 

Islington

  • Anjan Chakraborty, GP Principal, Stroud Green Medical Centre, PCN (N2) Clinical Director
  • Katie Coleman, GP, City Road Medical Centre and NCL Clinical Lead for Primary Care Development

Executive members:

  • Paul Sinden, Interim Managing Director
  • Simon Douglass, Chief Executive, London Central and West Unscheduled Care Collaborative (NHS 111)
  • Cathy Winfield, Director of Primary Care, London-wide LMC
  • Barnet: Michael Whitworth, Chief Executive, Barnet Federated GPs CIC and Director, Barnet PCNs 
  • Camden: Alex Warner, GP Principal Caversham Group Practice and Chair CHP GP Federation 
  • Enfield: Renata Chavda, Director of Operations, Enfield GP Federation 
  • Haringey: Cassie Williams, Chief Executive, Haringey GP Federation 
  • Islington: Mike Clowes, Chief Executive, Islington GP Federation

The Chair will be appointed from the Board membership at the first Board meeting in early July. Alpesh Patel, chair of the GPPA Reference Group, will Chair the first meeting.

The GPPA has been set-up in response to national changes, which from July will see Integrated Care Systems (ICS) formally supported by legislation. One way that general practice and the wider primary care community will have a voice in the NCL ICS will be via the GPPA.

The ambition is for the GPPA to help general practice to have a unified voice and to provide the best possible services for communities. It will also support general practice through transitional periods and changes, such the changes expected this year. Over the coming weeks, the Board will set out the objectives, roles and functions of the GPPA for its first year.

Paul Sinden, interim managing director, commented,

“The formation of the General Practice Providers Alliance’s first Board is a real milestone for primary care engagement in the North Central London Integrated Care System: providing a unified provider voice, with strong leadership from general practice. 

The Board has three representatives from each of North Central London’s five borough, to ensure equity of voice across the ICS. Together, we will provide the primary care perspective in the new ICS and enable NCL-wide primary care initiatives. 

I would like to thank colleagues across North Central London who formed the General Practice Provider Alliance Reference Group. Each member of the Reference Group contributed considerable time, energy and expertise to get the General Practice Providers Alliance off the ground. I would also like to thank the CCG for its support in establishing the General Practice Providers Alliance and to London-Wide LMC for running the Board election process.”

Expiry date: Monday, 22 August 2022