PCN Network board members

Dr Farzana Hussain and Dr Mark Spencer have been appointed co-chairs of the PCN Network. Find out more about them and the rest of the PCN Network board.




Dr Farzana Hussain, Co-Chair

Farzana Hussain

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 Mark Spencer, Co-Chair 

Mark Spencer

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.   

Dr Dan Bunstone 

Dan Bunstone

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.  

Kat Dalby-Welsh

Kat Dalby-Walsh

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. 

Professor Aruna Garcea

Aruna Garcea

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.

Dr Rupa Joshi

Rupa Joshi

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 Brigid Joughin

BRigid Joughin

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. 

Helen Kilminster

Helen Kilminster

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

Dr Tayo Kufeji

Dr Kufeji

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 

Dr Pramit Patel

Pramit Patel

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 Sian Stanley

Sian Stanley

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 Graham Stretch


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 Simone Yule

Simone Yule

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. 

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Dr Graham Jackson, chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners, is the senior clinical advisor to the network.  

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