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Kingsland steps down as NAPC chair

By Gareth Iacobucci

The National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) has announced a reshuffle of its executive committee, with Dr James Kingsland stepping down as chairman to take on a new role as the Association's President.

Former treasurer Dr Johnny Marshall has been appointed as the new NAPC chairman, with Dr Peter Smith taking on the role of vice president.

Dr Kingsland, who served as chair for 4 years, said he would now be focussing on making the NAPC ‘a major player' in the Government's new Practice Based Commissioning framework programme, in which organisations are currently tendering to provide support to PCTs.

In addition, Dr Kingsland, who was an advisor to health minister Lord Ara Darzi on his next stage review of the NHS, will be serving on Professor David Colin-Thome's national PBC Improvement team.

Dr Marshall said: 'I look forward to building and developing on the strengths of the organisation that my predecessor Dr James Kingsland has so tirelessly worked for over the last four years.'

He said the NAPC would 'continue to support local practices in developing services for their patients in partnership with the local community'.

Dr Kingsland said: 'We have a vast amount of experience amongst the members of our Executive Committee and Forum; I am enthused to be carrying on working closely with the organisation and in partnership with our new Chairman in furthering NAPC and its support of its members, in my new role as President.'

Dr James Kingsland: moving to new position as NAPC president Dr James Kingsland: moving to new position as NAPC president

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