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5. Sir Sam Everington

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The year ahead will witness the big bang for the ‘new models of care’ championed in the Five Year Forward View, and the GP behind this drive is a familiar face.

Sir Sam Everington is a key adviser to NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens and was nominated by GP colleagues for having the ‘ear of Government and helping to shape the future of primary care’. His ideas will be seen more clearly from next April, as the voluntary ‘multispeciality community provider’ (MCP) contract is introduced, finally ‘finishing the business of 1948’ (as Sir Sam puts it) by bringing GPs and specialists closer together.

This contract will see groups of GP practices covering at least 30,000 patients sign up to provide extended services in the community, but it has already attracted controversy as it will see some GPs ditch their GMS/PMS contract and kick-starts a process that could see many more super-practices and salaried GPs. 

But what is Sir Sam most proud of this year? ‘Mainstreaming social prescribing,’ he tells Pulse. This was included in the GP Forward View as a way of offering patients a greater range of support. He has famously used this approach at his renowned practice in Bow, east London.

He is also creating an institute of quality improvement for primary care and chairs NHS Tower Hamlets CCG.

Why influential: Architect of the new models of care.

Surprising fact: A trained woodcarver, he has built two log cabins.

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