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3. Dr Nick Rayner

Setting the agenda for working at scale

Being a managing partner of a busy GP practice and parent to three young children would be more than enough to keep most people occupied.

But for Dr Nick Rayner, it’s merely the tip of the iceberg. Six months ago, he was appointed executive chair of Suffolk Primary Care, a superpartnership comprising 11 practices serving more than 100,000 patients.

He is also an executive director of the 58-practice Suffolk GP Federation, jointly overseeing clinical management of services, with a turnover of £18m.

While at the helm of Suffolk Primary Care he has brought four new practices on board, negotiated property solutions and helped secure £100,000 of NHS England funding for software that will use artificial intelligence to improve access and signposting.

He also helped to secure £150,000 to recruit a lead training nurse, bring in IT support, and expand working at scale.

As a GP partner working six sessions in Newmarket, Dr Rayner has led a project to move the surgery into the community hospital, while setting up a health and wellbeing hub in the town.

At the start of his career, Dr Rayner was set on becoming a plastic surgeon, but switched after two years. ‘I decided primary care is where I could make most difference,’ he says.

What others say ‘Nick has introduced a new structure and strong leadership’

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