Dr Richard Vautrey
Richard is Chair of GPC UK and GPC England, an elected member of BMA Council and assistant secretary of Leeds LMC. He is a GP partner in a practice in Leeds.
Professor Ursula Gallagher
She was previously the Governing Body Nurse and the Director of Quality and Patient Safety for Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon CCGs. Prior to this she worked as a Director of Quality and Clinical Governance for more than 20 years.
She has worked at a national level leading work on Safeguarding and Clinical Leadership. In 2009 she co-led the support unit for the Prime Minister’s Commission in the Future of Nursing and Midwifery, which published its report ‘Frontline Care’ in March 2010.
Ursula has worked in a variety of clinical settings especially in the field of cardiorespiratory care and still works in clinical practice mostly with patients with long term respiratory disease.
Ursula’s other interests include professional leadership, workforce and role development, developing new organisational forms for care delivery and involving patients in service re-design.
Ursula was a member of the Clinical Advisory Panel for the King’s Fund Inquiry into the Quality of General Practice in England, and is a member of the Department of Health Payment by Results Clinical Advisory Group. She is also Visiting Professor in Primary Care Leadership at Buckinghamshire New University.
A partner at Shakespeare Health Centre (SHC) since 2014, Jay had taken on the challenge to transform the poor performing practice into a successful one. SHC team won the General Practice Awards in 2017 for the Clinical Team of the Year for Diabetes.
He has shared his learning of best practice with North West London STP, amongst other Commissioners and Federations, as well as practices.
Jay enjoys redesigning clinical services in order to improve patients’ well-being. He believes education is fundamental to our well-being and that it should be targeted at both, patients and clinicians, before any clinical service is launched.
Furthermore, his interest in using technology to help improve patients’ well-being has led him to develop IT solutions in order to automate as many functionalities in primary care as possible. The use of Smart Searches is just one method.
Karen is the primary care nursing lead in NHSE nursing directorate, leading on the general practice nursing ten point plan. Prior to this she was primary care lead nurse workforce at Health Education England West Midlands leading on Training Hubs (Community Education Provider Networks).
She has held previous positions as Primary Care Nurse Facilitator in a CCG / PCT, Primary Care Access Nurse & Clinical Lead Nurse for an NHS Walk – In Centre. She has a background as a general practice nurse and advanced nurse practitioner she also qualified as an independent nurse prescriber. Karen has an MSc in Health Studies.
Karen has held various national roles to develop the HEE GPN career framework, nurse lead on the HEE primary care workforce commission ‘The future of primary care creating teams for tomorrow’, HEE national general practice nursing workforce plan ‘Recognise, Reform, Rethink’. Karen’s role as associate lecturer in the Faculty of Applied Health Care Research University of Birmingham has included visits to primary care in Denmark, Netherlands and China.
She has a particular interest in growing nursing leadership in primary care, and has developed a shared leadership programme for primary care known as a ‘Triumvirate leadership’. Karen is currently involved in writing a book entitled collaboration in primary care.
Blake Foster has been a Practice Manager for 10 years and has worked in Primary Care for over 15 years. He is also attached to the Sheffield CCG as General Practice Support Manager, delivering special projects linked to the GPFV.
Dr Amar Rughani
Amar Rughani is a GP, in practice for over 30 years. He has also worked with the RCGP developing the MRCGP and GP curriculum. He is associate postgraduate Dean in HEE Yorkshire & the Humber where his main responsibility is teaching and mentoring in leadership.
Rena combines two key roles within her current portfolio. In her management role as an Assistant Director NHS Greenwich CCG, she leads on commissioning for medicines, pathway re- designs for planned and unplanned care and for the financial monitoring of medicines optimisation budgets. Rena is also the Managing Partner of Hartland Way Surgery where her role as a Clinical Associate provides a platform for medicines optimisation. As an Independent Prescriber, she has a patient facing role, improving access in general practice and maximising patient outcomes. Her portfolio also includes implementation of new service developments and healthcare service redesigns. As one of the first pharmacist partners in the UK, she has established that patient care can be enhanced by bringing a multidimensional overview to primary care. She has a keen interest in training and mentoring, improvement in clinical outcomes and preventative strategies. Her strengths are in corporate management and improving primary care by appropriately collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders and adoption of innovative schemes.