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In July of 2019, I joined the GPC Wales executive negotiating team and accepted a role as Co-Deputy Chair, alongside Dr Peter Horvath-Howard.
These are elected positions and as such, it is my privilege to represent the constituent members and practices, with the primary aim of improvement of General Practice in Wales.
I am a full-time independent contractor GP, working as a partner in an average sized training practice in Gwent, for the last twenty years. My journey at Clark Avenue Surgery in my home town of Cwmbran has been from work experience to senior partner via University of Wales College of Medicine. An example of “Train, Work, Live” before the slogan was ever thought of!
I am grateful for the support and inspiration of patients and colleagues, past and present, who have shared and shaped my experiences.
I am currently Gwent LMC chair and have been a member of GPC Wales for the last four years.
The combination of all my roles, local and national are a synergistic fit and enable me to understand the true impact of national policy decisions as they relate to individual practices and practitioners.
The natural cycle of change in the GPC Wales committee is an opportunity to refresh and invigorate. As a new member of the negotiating executive, I hope to build upon and enhance the evolution of the team in its work to deliver sustainable Primary Care in Wales.
As we move into a new cycle of contract discussions, there will be a shifting emphasis of discussions with Welsh Government, moving towards review of enhanced services, whilst continuing to ensure adequate uplifts of resource into General Practice.
I have already had the opportunity to represent your views at a wide range of meetings including Welsh Government, RCGP Wales, RCN, Wales Public Health Council, GPDF and executives of devolved nations’ GPCs.
With the ever-increasing diversity of our workforce, it is essential that as a committee we are seen to represent all GPs: independent contractors, salaried doctors and trainees.
We want to hear from GPs across Wales, about any issues you may have, to inform the work of the committee. You can get in touch by emailing [email protected]