Our network was founded to support, connect and represent primary care networks and so our board is made up of clinical and managerial representatives from each NHS region in England.
Contact us at PCNnetwork@nhsconfed.org
South West representatives
Kat Dalby-Welsh – Nurse Clinical Director for Yeovil PCN
Kat is clinical director for Yeovil Primary Care Network. She is a nurse and works within both primary and secondary care – her specialist interest is complex care and care homes. Alongside being a clinical director, Kat is lead for complex care in South Somerset and chair of the Somerset LARCH Collaborative, a group that supports care homes across Somerset.
Gary Lenden – Clinical Director for Sound PCN
Gary is clinical director of Sound PCN in Plymouth. He is experienced in system integration of Primary to Acute care and developing innovative solutions to transfer patient service delivery to a lower acuity setting of care.
Dr Simone Yule – GP Clinical Director for The Vale Network PCN
Simone has been a GP at the Blackmore Vale Partnership for the last 24 years specialising in substance misuse and addiction treatment, psychiatry and women's health. She is clinical lead for Action on Addiction. In 2013, with the introduction of clinical commissioning groups, she became involved representing the North Dorset population as deputy lead, and then as locality lead for North Dorset up until the transition into PCN development. Simone is the clinical director for The Vale Network, covering 39,000 patients.
Emma Prince – PCN Manager for Bournemouth East Collaborative PCN
Emma currently has a split role, working as network director for Bournemouth East Collaborative PCN, and as a practice manager for a practice within the PCN. She has worked for the NHS for over 20 years, the last ten years in general practice and before that in primary care development. She has recently completed her masters, focusing on primary care leadership, incorporating the NAPC diploma in advanced primary care management.
South East representatives
Emma Ray – PCN Manager for Canterbury and North & South PCNs
Emma has worked in primary care management in Kent for over 16 years. She is currently executive manager at Canterbury Medical Practice and chief executive of an organisation which supports Canterbury PCNs. She also sits on the East Kent ICP Board representing PCNs from the Canterbury and Coastal area. She is keen to ensure that PCNs have a strong voice and can influence local systems to ensure their patients can access high-quality, locally-integrated care.
Jenny Bostock – Nurse Clinical Director for Ramsgate PCN
Jenny has worked in primary care for the past 25 years. She is clinical director for Ramsgate PCN and an advanced nurse practitioner. She has been working with vulnerable and hard to reach groups, such as the homeless, to reduce health inequalities. Her expertise is in mentoring and training to promote workforce development. In her clinical director role she is part of the East Kent ICS board and hopes to ensure collaborative working.
Dr Pramit Patel – GP Clinical Director for Care Collaborative PCN
Pramit is GP partner at Greystone House Surgery, a 15,000-patient practice within a three-practice PCN serving 47,000 patients. In 2014, he became a co-founder of a GP federation, Alliance for Better Care Ltd, serving East Surrey and NW Sussex (covering 550,000 people) and more recently elected by fellow clinical directors across Surrey Heartlands to be the first ICS lead PCN clinical director.
Dr Rupa Joshi – GP Clinical Director for Wokingham North PCN
Rupa has been a frontline GP for 18 years and is the managing partner of Woodley Centre Surgery and co-clinical director of Wokingham North Primary Care Network in Berkshire. Dr Joshi also works as a faculty GP for Time for Care at NHS England and NHS Improvement.
Dr Farzana Hussein – GP Clinical Director for Newham Central 1 PCN
Farzana has been a GP partner for 19 years in a practice in East London and is clinical director for Newham Central 1 Primary Care Network, looking after 66,000 people.
Dr Graham Stretch – GP Clinical Director of Brentworth PCP
Graham is clinical director of Brentworth (Brentford and Isleworth) Primary Care Network in Hounslow, West London. A pharmacist with special interest in elderly and nursing home care, he is chief pharmacist at Argyle Health Group leading a team of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians delivering primary care in West London. Graham is president of the PCPA, a national organisation connecting thousands of primary care pharmacy professionals. Graham’s work leading the pharmacy profession has been recognised with several awards, including BMJ Primary Care Team, GP Awards Pharmacist of the Year and RPS Clinical Pharmacist of the Year.
Dr. Sy Ganesaratnam – GP Clinical Director for East Merton PCN
Sy has been a GP for 14 years. He is a GP principal and PCN clinical director for East Merton PCN. He works in a hybrid role as a medical director for his pan-PCN GP federation (Merton Health Limited) and Merton Community Services (Central London Community Healthcare (CLCH)). His other work includes developing GP Federation-PCN alliance arrangements for South West London Primary Care and Digital First Pathways (Digital Accelerator Programme and within CLCH).
Tara Humphrey – PCN Manager for Cranbrook PCN
Tara is the PCN manager at Cranbrook PCN in Redbridge covering eight practices and a population of 50,000. She combines a private sector background, knowledge of the Health Education England’s training hubs and a passion for marketing and communication.
Tara also works as faculty member for Time for Care at NHS England and NHS Improvement.
Brenda Donnelly – Nurse Clinical Director for South Southwark PCN
Brenda is a clinical director for South Southwark and practice education lead South East London ICS. She began working in primary care in 1994 as a GPN before going on to complete an MSc in primary care development 2003 and a PGCE in primary care in 2015.
She currently enjoys a portfolio career and is particularly interested in community and practice development and working with families and children in deprived areas. She is passionate about growing and supporting multi-professional primary care teams fit for providing future population health.
East of England representatives
Jolene Parkes – Nurse Clinical Director for North Norfolk 1 PCN
Jo is a clinical director for North Norfolk 1 Primary Care Network. She is a nurse with a special interest in chronic disease management and is passionate about general practice nursing and championing the General Practice Nurse Ten-Point Plan. During COVID-19, Jo was part of a small group of practice nurses accelerating parts of the Long Term Plan within a short space of time, working closely with community teams and linking best practice virtual networks.
Dr Sian Stanley – GP Clinical Director for Stort Valley and Villages PCN
Sian has been a GP partner for the last four years in Bishop Stortford at a practice with 17,000 patients. She is also the clinical director of Stort Valley and Villages Primary Care Network, which has five practices and 62,000 patients. Sian is also mental health lead for her locality.
Watch Sian's video about how PCNs can help people with their mental health in the aftermath of COVID-19.
Dr Sue Truman (PhD) – PCN Manager for East Basildon PCN
Sue is the chair of the East Basildon Primary Care Network, and manages the PCN as an interim consultant manager. For the last 18 years she has led her practice team as business manager and now sits on the Essex region’s PM board. She also works as a management consultant for short-term NHS projects when they arise.
Prior to this appointment, she sat as the chair of the Primary Care Neighbourhood.
Dr Tayo Kufeji – GP Clinical Director for The Bridge PCN
Tayo is a GP partner in Milton Keynes, GP lead and clinical director for The Bridge Primary Care Network, which incorporates Newport Pagnell Medical Centre, Kingfisher Surgery and Brooklands Health Centre. He works with the CCG as the named GP for safeguarding and is a member of the Milton Keynes Health and Wellbeing Board and the Milton Keynes Integrated Care Partnership Steering Group.
Read Tayo's blog: Controversy in PCN world: musings of a clinical director
Professor Aruna Garcea – GP Clinical Director for Leicester City and Universities PCN
Aruna is a GP principal and trainer at the University Practice in Leicester and a clinical director of Leicester City and Universities Primary Care Network. Over the past nine years, she has held lead roles in her local GP provider company and federation. Her expertise lies in the development of partnership working and transformation of integrated pathways through digital innovation. Her most recent appointment to the ICS, as a representative clinical director, is an opportunity to unlock the potential of PCNs within ICSs, and play a greater part in scoping the footprint of PCNs within the system.
Helen Kilminster – Pharmacist Clinical Director for People’s Health Partnership PCN
Helen is senior pharmacist at The Slieve surgery in Western Birmingham and Primary Care Network clinical director for People's Health Partnership (PHP). PHP consists of nine practices and provides health and wellbeing services to a patient population of 57,061.
Read Helen's blog: Small steps can lead to change
Rakesh Marwaha – PCN Manager for Erewash PCN
Rakesh is managing partner and chief executive of Erewash PCN (100k), Primary Care Provider company and COVID-19 programme director (LVS), supporting delivery for patients. He brings a great breadth and depth of knowledge from spending over 25 years as manager, director and chief executive within a number of NHS organisations, and more recently working as a consultant on national and regional programmes. He has successfully led national and local innovation and improvement initiatives, including new care models, clinical and patient pathways, performance, IM&T and other challenges.
Dr Sunaina Khanna – GP Clinical Director for GPS Healthcare PCN
Sunaina is a GP and PCN clinical director at GPS Healthcare and a chair of the Solihealth Executive, which is a collaboration of all six PCNs in Solihull. She is currently working with others on the development of the Solihull Place partnership and provider collaborative. Sunaina also facilitates primary care quality improvement, as part of the Time for Care team at NHS England and NHS Improvement.
North West representatives
Dr Dan Bunstone – GP Clinical Director for Warrington Innovation Network PCN
Dan is clinical director of Warrington Innovation Network (WIN) in Warrington, Cheshire and lead GP at a new and expanding surgery in Chapelford. He has an interest in innovative models of care delivery and digital healthcare.
Drew Carroll – Paramedic Clinical Director for Manchester City Centre and Ancoats PCN
Drew is an advanced clinical practitioner with a paramedic background. He is the clinical director of Manchester’s City Centre and Ancoats Primary Care Network. He has worked in healthcare in the UK and abroad in public, private and voluntary sectors for almost two decades. In addition to these roles, he also has a medical education portfolio.
Karen Livesey – PCN Manager for Healthier South Wirral
Karen has experience working in both the NHS and third sector, currently as Practice Business Manager and Executive Lead for Healthier South Wirral Primary Care Network. Prior to this she spent a significant period of her career working in third sector infrastructure developing an understanding of the benefits of collaboration and creating services with a wider benefit. She recognises the role the third sector plays in improving health and social care and is keen to ensure they are central to the work of Primary Care Networks. She has professional interests in social justice, social value and asset based community development.
Dr Mark Spencer – GP Clinical Director for Fleetwood PCN
Mark has been a GP principal at the Mount View Practice in Fleetwood since 1991. He is the clinical director for Fleetwood Primary Care Network and is the clinical lead for primary care transformation for Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System.
He is also the co-founder of NHS Collaborate, a national community of practice supporting primary care leaders.
North East and Yorkshire representatives
Dr Brigid Joughin – GP Clinical Director for Newcastle Outer West PCN
A GP in Throckley for 26 years, Brigid was mental health lead for Newcastle Gateshead CCG for two years. She was involved in early pilots of social prescribing in Newcastle and has worked closely with local voluntary sector organisations. She is on the board of Ways to Wellness and is clinical director of the Outer West Newcastle PCN with 53,000 patients in six geographically close practices. She has worked with the Time for Care team. She is also one of seven clinical directors in Newcastle.
Hazel Taylor – Nurse Clinical Director for Washington PCN
Hazel has worked in primary care for 34 years, initially as a district nursing sister then advanced nurse practitioner for 26 years before becoming clinical director for Washington PCN. She has worked in a managerial nurse lead role within a large Primary Healthcare Team, developing innovative services and instrumental in multidisciplinary working and community integrated team developments within Vanguard. Hazel’s main passions are improving mental health services in primary care and true integration of care to improve patient services.
Dr. Paula Evans – GP Clinical Director for South Hambleton and Ryedale
Paula is a GP partner clinical director of South Hambleton and Ryedale PCN in rural North Yorkshire, with seven practices serving a population of 35,000 patients. She is also a training programme director and the elected GP representative on the Humber Coast and Vale ICS strategic elective board. Previous roles include commissioning, quality assurance, practice and organisational development.
Sheinaz Stansfield – PCN Manager Birtley, Oxford Terrace PCN
Sheinaz Stansfield is a managing partner at Oxford Terrace and Rawling Road Medical Group, a multi-award winning practice in Gateshead, and director of transformation for Birtley, Oxford Terrace PCN. She trained as a nurse and health visitor and has held senior management roles in commissioning and provision of health services in the North East. At a national level, she is a development adviser with NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Time for Care Team and member of the NAPC Council, which facilitates her passion for workforce redesign, patient involvement, social prescribing and quality in general practice.