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Top 10 GP high risers for 2009

The newer names on the scene who are set to rise to prominence this year.

The newer names on the scene who are set to rise to prominence this year.



1 Dr Mark Davies

Dr Mark Davies is the NHS Information Centre's first executive medical director, having previously been national clinical director for Connecting for Health. He once had the job of selling Choose and Book to the profession, but it doesn't seem to have harmed his career. He works two days a week as a GP in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

What is in his in-tray

He will help draw together the findings of the Connecting for Health consultation on wider uses of patient data, set to pitch the needs of researchers against the concerns among GPs over patient confidentiality. Then there's the launch of the GP Extraction Service, a centrally managed primary care data extraction and analysis tool.

What he says

‘We need to use the vast wealth of information in the NHS to drive forward the knowledge base we have clinically and ensure we are doing what we are supposed to be on quality outcomes and audit.'

2 Dr Manpreet Pujara

Dr Manpreet Pujara, a GP in Rochester, Kent, joined Connecting for Health as a national clinical lead only at the start of last year, but quickly established himself on the NPfIT and is projects clinical director for the electronic prescription service.

What is in his in-tray

Dr Pujara's first priority will be overseeing the launch of release two of the electronic prescription service, which will remove the need for paper prescriptions.

What he says

‘My priorities are making communications secure and confidential, and this aim links in with the NHS Mail programme, which will be going through a migration process later this month. It'll be a lot more user-friendly.'

3 Dr Kathryn Griffith

Dr Kathryn Griffith, a GP in York, has sat on the QOF panel for CKD and is a member of the DH's renal advisory group. She has cemented her position as a rising star by becoming chair-elect of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society.

What is in her in-tray

She will provide guidance to PCTs over accreditation of cardiology GPSIs and is bound to have a key role in the rollout of the DH's programme of vascular checks.

What she says

‘My biggest challenge this year is trying to keep things in balance with all the changes going on in primary care. Things such as the vascular checks programme are important, but it is also important for GPs to look after themselves.'

4 Dr Angela Lennox

Dr Angela Lennox has both an academic role, as senior lecturer at the University of Leicester, and a key advisory one, as associate director of primary care at the DH.

What is in her in-tray

Dr Lennox has already been in the news this year after she was one of a handful of GPs named in the New Year's Honours List, becoming a CBE for services to healthcare.

5 Professor Tony Avery

Professor Tony Avery is one of the world's leading patient safety researchers and professor of primary care at the University of Nottingham. His expertise includes adverse drug events and use of IT to reduce prescribing errors.

What is in his in-tray

Professor Avery is currently leading evaluations of the electronic transfer system for repeat prescriptions and use of prescribing data in recertification.

6 Professor Amanda Howe

Professor of primary care at the University of East Anglia, and will move from a three-year stint as MB BS course director to leading a new fitness-to-practise role.

7 Dr Nav Chana

Associate director of GP education at the London deanery and vice chair of the National Association of Primary Care.

8 Dr David Jenner

The NHS Alliance's PBC lead and a vociferous and passionate supporter of practice-based commissioning.

9 Dr Malcolm Lewis

Sub-dean and director of general practice at Cardiff University, GMC council member and GP in Swansea.

10 Dr Johnny Marshall

Recently replaced Dr James Kingsland as chair of the NAPC – set for a rising profile in 2009.

Dr Mark Davies, executive medical director at NHS Information Dr Mark Davies, executive medical director at NHS Information Dr Manpreet Pujara, national clinical lead, Connecting for Health Dr Manpreet Pujara, national clinical lead, Connecting for Health Dr Kathryn Griffith, chair-elect of Primary Care Cardiovascular Society Dr Kathryn Griffith, chair-elect of Primary Care Cardiovascular Society Dr Kathryn Griffith - where will she feature? Our panel

The 13 GPs who helped compile the lists were:

Dr Fay Wilson
Professor Mike Kirby
Dr James Kingsland
Dr Clare Gerada
Professor David Haslam
Dr Kailash Chand
Dr Kathryn Griffith
Dr Gillian Braunold
Dr Michael Dixon
Professor Helen Lester
Professor Mike Pringle
Professor Debbie Sharp
Professor Roger Jones

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