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Gerada set for NHS England role to 'transform' primary care in London

RCGP chair Professor Clare Gerada has been appointed to lead a ‘transformation’ of GP services in London when she steps down from the college next month.

A spokesperson for NHS England London Region told Pulse that Professor Gerada had been appointed clinical chair for primary care transformation in London, charged with improving primary care services alongside London mayor Boris Johnson.

The spokesperson said that the planned programme of work will be revealed over the next few weeks, but would be taking forward NHS England’s ‘call to action’ on reforming GP services launched earlier this month.

The statement from NHS England London Region said: ‘We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Clare Gerada to the role of clinical chair for primary care transformation in London.

‘NHS England has published a document entitled Improving General Practice – a call to action which sets the case for improving primary care services nationwide. As part of this national call to action, the London region is also mobilising a programme of work for the transformation of GP services in the capital.

‘This will be clinically led, with Dr Gerada playing a key role as clinical chair, and it will also incorporate a strong patient voice. NHS England will be working in partnership with the London Health Board, led by Boris Johnson, London Clinical Commissioning Council, the London wide LMCs, London Councils and the Royal College of General Practitioners.’

The spokesperson added: ‘Primary care in London faces unique challenges due to the diverse population it serves. NHS England are working to improve services across the capital, ensuring all Londoners receive the best care possible. Dr Gerada’s wealth of expertise will assist with this, and her appointment is great news for London.’

Professor Gerada is currently cycling from London to Paris in aid of The Royal British Legion - you can sponsor her here.

Readers' comments (27)

  • Vinci Ho

    Interested to read comments from single handed GP colleagues in London: all welcome.....

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  • Do I detect a stunned silence?

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  • T Roscoe

    Oh Dear. Conflicts of interest??

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  • This appointment also makes a complete farce of the " consultation" process. It is entirely clear that the outcome is a foregone conclusion and she has made her position on a lot of issues entirely clear.
    The BMA should ask for a judicial review of this decision as it makes any consultation NHL and void.

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  • This is how it works. Its all money and politics at the end of the day. Travesty.

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  • Why have been removed so many comments ? .......

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  • I'm just writing down the facts about Clare Gerada:

    RCGP Chair (soon to retire)
    Director of the Hurely Group who employs over 200 doctors in primary care in London
    Recently commentated on demise of single handed surgery
    Recently commented on providing 24/7 care, against the overwhelming objections at LMC conference against this.
    Recently admitted (on here!) having at least one meeting with Jeremy Hunt

    And now a newly appointed guru of NHS in London.

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  • Vinci Ho

    ' to judge a person's character , you have to observe his past , look at what he is currently doing and more importantly realise at what point will he be satisfied and STOP as far as ambition is concerned'
    Analects , Confuscius , ancient China
    觀其所由,視其所以,察其所安

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  • Vinci Ho

    ' ... to test how valuable a piece of jade , roast in fire three full days , to determine a real talent , needs seven years of comparison......
    If a person dies or disappear before history can judge , how can you tell whether he is genuine or fake?'
    Bai Juyi (772-846) , ancient Chinese poet

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  • Surely this is incompatible with RCGP Chair. I know she is about to retire but right now she is the chair.

    She cannot represent a fair view of her constituents when she has a role in "transforming" (is that a new quango for semi-privatization?) areas in which her constituents may not agree.

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  • Field and Gerada. Help !

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  • While I have an enormous amount of personal respect for Professor Gerada, I cannot support her ideas about the future of general practice. Massive organisations run by a few partners with numerous salaried GPs are not my idea of good, personalised care.
    NHS choices list patient satisfaction for every practice. Of the 16 Hurley Group practices, 5 are below average, 10 are OK and none are above average. One is not listed. Only one scores higher than my practice.

    Perhaps those partners running the practices with highest patient satisfaction should be asked to contribute to NHSE?

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  • One size doesn't fit all. Remember Darzi. I'm sure Dr Gerada and Field have enough experience between them to know that just because a system works in parts of London doesn't mean it should be everywhere. Practising in Merton may be very different to Westminster or Mile End. My practice would be a disaster in inner city London but works ok in the home counties.
    We all have conflicts of interest, sometimes knowledge of a different way of working helps this; I'd never bid to run a practice in Vauxhall; Surbiton maybe!

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  • Another senior RCGP Member using the charity as a springboard to feather their own nest. Surprise, surprise the RCGP is even one of the key stakeholders in the programme.

    This story puts the ethics of GPs on a par with MPs.

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  • Dear Pulse Editor

    As Dr Gerada is Chair of one of the programme partners, there is a clear conflict of interest.

    In the interests of good journalism, did you ask Dr Gerada which position she would be immediately relinquishing to mitigate the conflict of Dr Gerada and both organisations?

    I think your readership deserves to know that both organisations and Dr Gerada observe best practice in public life?

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  • If Gerada had any principles, she would have resigned from the RCGP before this story broke. She has compromised the profession, herself and the new body she will chair. Disgraceful.

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  • GOOD LUCK to Clare Gerada. Let's hope she does a better job for the London public than she did for the profession over the last 3 years. Could someone name a successful campaign she has actually led? She seems to have an innate ability to fight battles she will never win.

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  • The mice, though initially squeaking about the inadequacy of cheese around, were meekly led by the Pied Piper to the Thames waters. I re-read the comments to date thrice to make sure that there was at least one coleague in support of her, but could not find even one. Steve Fields and Clare Gerada. No conflict of interests at all there I am sure.

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  • I think claire gerada has been a fantastic RCGP chair. The fact she hasn't won many battles is a reflection of the medical profession's political weakness. Until we realise how easy it is for government to target us we will always be vulnerable

    There are potential conflicts of interest, especially with Hurley group stuff,but they are present for all partners.
    At the moment there are few people capable of fighting the move towards the privatization of the NHS, Claire Gerada be able to stop it. The government will obviously feel theycan use her to push their agenda. The tests will be to see how long she stays in post and then what she can achieve and is able to say. She is certainly no Steve Fields!

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  • Dr Gerada made some pleasing sound bites at one point but that does not mount to a "fantastic RCGP chair". Jeremy Hunt does this on daily basis - he even had the nerve to appear infront of GPs to tell us what a fantastic job we are doing despite his policies to be contrary.

    A fantastic chair should have chosen her battles carefuly and win many and loose a few, never blaming it on the politica/economical climate.

    It is not the conflict of interest the glassroot GPs are complaining about - it's her ambition and her willingness to sacrifice everything else, including her own intergrity, which stinks.

    I for one is ashamed to have her as our chair. I can only hope the public will not see us in the same status/money hungry light as Prof Gerada or Prof Field.......

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  • Anon 1.30; I think its fair to say the chair needs to choose their battles carefully. But we don't set the agenda, often she is firefighting and has made herself available and challenged the media spin as much as anyone can. Just compare her to Steve fields. Will the next chair be able to fight and correct the media as well as she has

    If anyone is set upon personal ambition I hardly think the RCGP is the place for it, surely ambitious types will be found in NHS England vying for real political punch!

    Surely our weakness stems from the apathy of the GP populous, too many are understandably busy and have have little interest in the direction of the profession, especially if part time and salaried?

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  • "If anyone is set upon personal ambition I hardly think the RCGP is the place for it, surely ambitious types will be found in NHS England vying for real political punch! "

    She has.......... and that's thw whole point! Gerada (and Field) have used RCGP chair as a political springboard which is why many of us here are disgusted.

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  • I believe that Clare tries to do her best for patients and GPs. I know this because she often discusses issues with fellow doctors on the Doctors Net forums.

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