The National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) has elected Dr Minesh Patel as its new chair.
Dr Patel, who was appointed at the NAPC annual general meeting on Wednesday, leaves his post as vice chair to take over the role Dr Nav Chana held for the past four years.
A GP partner at Moatfield Surgery, East Grinstead since 1999, Dr Patel has always been engaged in improving services redesign and patient outcomes.
He is also chair of Horsham and Mid-Sussex CCG, and of the clinical and professional cabinet at Sussex and East Surrey STP, roles he has been in for the past seven years.
Dr Patel comes to the NAPC with experience of leading on the development of Healthy East Grinstead Primary Care Home, supporting the idea that the primary care home model can help improve population health outcomes and contribute to the progress of health and care systems.
He was appointed along with other four non-executive directors: Karen Acott, Dr Durairaj Jawahar, Julie Bolus, and Dr Peter Patel.
NAPC chief executive John Pope said: ‘Our goal this year has been to strengthen the NAPC, the new leadership team is integral to this – they bring a strong blend of skills and experience from across primary care.
‘We are delighted that Dr Minesh Patel has taken over the reins as chair and that Dr Nav Chana will remain at the centre of the PCH programme.’