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Professor James Kingsland OBE will step down as director of the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) in March after more than 20 years with the organisation.
Professor Kingsland was one of the organisation’s founders and served as president for 11 years until September 2019 and chair for four years from 2004.
The experienced leader will no longer play an operational role at the NAPC but will continue to have a supportive function as an honorary life member.
NAPC chair Minesh Patel said: ‘James has played a pivotal role in NAPC over the last 20 years championing reform and steering the direction of the organisation. Most recently he was one of the architects of the primary care home model which subsequently influenced primary care network policy. His knowledge and expertise will be very much missed.’
Professor Kingsland, who has been a GP in Wirral since 1989, was instrumental in bringing about the personalised medical services policy in the late 90s and helped lead the development of practice-based commissioning while working as an advisor at the Department of Health.
In 2012, he was given an OBE for services to medicine and healthcare. More recently, he was appointed professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Central Lancashire.
Professor Kingsland said: ‘It is going to be strange not working with the NAPC as it has been a part of my career for the last 20 years.
‘I am really proud of what the NAPC has achieved since its creation. I leave the NAPC as the established voice of integrated primary care providers and look forward to now watching its ever-increasing role and influence in the betterment of integrated care provision.’