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NHS England appoints Dr Nikita Kanani as primary care medical director

Dr Nikita Kanani has been appointed as NHS England's new primary care medical director. 

Dr Kanani was previously acting director of primary care for NHS England and Bexley CCG chief clinical officer. She continues to practise as a GP in London.  

Awarded an MBE for services to primary care in 2017, she was chosen for the role following the resignation of the previous primary care director Dr Arvind Madan last year, after he suggested in his interview with Pulse that GPs should be 'pleased' when small practices close.

Dr Kanani said: 'I am delighted to have been appointed as medical director for primary care at NHS England and NHS Improvement. This is one of the most central roles in the NHS for delivering even better treatment and services for our patients and I would like to thank friends and colleagues across the NHS who have been so supportive over the past year since I took on the role in an interim capacity.

'It has certainly been a sharp learning curve, but over that year we have achieved so much - including publishing the NHS long term plan with a core focus on primary care, agreeing an historic five-year GP contract, and building new relationships across the profession.'

Dr Kanani previously worked for the National Association of Primary Care and RCGP.

This year, Pulse earmarked her as the 'contract queen' in its Power 50 list of the most influential GPs, for helping secure one of the biggest GP contracts since 2004, including the creation of primary care networks and the commitment to recruit 22,000 additional non-GP staff. 

Commenting on her appointment, NHS England national medical director Professor Stephen Powis said: 'Over the last 12 months Nikki has brought drive and enthusiasm to the role, using her wealth of experience both as a frontline GP and in a range of positions within healthcare as a clinical leader to improve patients' care. I am confident this will continue in abundance and her energy and professionalism will continue to drive forward improvements for patients and GPs across England.'

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said: 'GPs and primary care are vital to the success of the NHS and Nikki will provide great leadership as we work with GPs to tackle workforce pressures and expand access to services.'


Readers' comments (10)

  • Azeem Majeed

    Many congratulations Nikki.

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  • This is fantastic news for general practice.

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    Azeem Majeed | GP Partner/Principal04 Sep 2019 5:17pm
    ‘Many congratulations Nikki.’

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    Shaba Nabi | Salaried GP04 Sep 2019 6:05pm
    ‘This is fantastic news for general practice.’

    No point even praying when the ‘top doctors’ make commentary like this. Just RLE, ‘you know your worth it’.

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  • Is this the same Nikita who last month stated the " move to curb half day GP closing is to free up hundreds of thousands of appointments"?
    Maybe if you worked more than 1 day at the coal face you would realise the half day is to try to make the tinniest dent in the paperwork and not be up to midnight that day trying to catch up!! Just saying!

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  • Where's Optimus?

    Sounds like a poisoned chalice of a job
    Happy dismantling

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  • Where's Optimus?

    Hopefully she will not follow in the footsteps of Aung sang su see (? spelling)
    who lost her Nobel peace prize
    For the rohinga genocides

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  • When they put the babies in charge, it’s time to get out. Is this the clever person who thought taking GPs away from the dayjob to run these network things was a good idea?
    I have been working in Denmark, where the key themes are small practices, contnuity, and team work with specialists. Ie the opposite from the uk!

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  • Many Congratulations, Nikki.

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  • another token appt?

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  • Joke of an appointment- same old small minded bunch of “meeting attenders” avoiding anything other than bare bones of clinical work.... congratulating each other.....
    Contract was a joke- networks are a pointless nightmare and general practice is devastated! Why not get someone with real backbone who knows what they’re doing?! This is a tokenistic appt- she’ll do nothing but try and make a name for herself- doing nothing!

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