Developing and supporting at-scale general practice organisations

In 2007 Ben successfully set up and established Nene Commissioning as a multiple award-winning Community Interest Company from scratch.  The organisation was completely owned and funded by the local GP practices, and had a membership of 70 practices.  Over the course of his 7 years as Chief Executive at Nene it became synonymous with innovation in the NHS, leading a number of large scale changes.  It introduced case management for those at high risk of admission, pioneered a community elderly care service, and implemented a new end of life service.  Under Ben’s leadership the GP organisation’s achievements included:

  • 2008 and 2009 ‘Most Advanced PBC Consortium of the year’, National Association of Primary Care
  • 2009 ‘Best Integrated Care Model’ for work on case managing patients at high risk of admission, National Association of Primary Care
  • 2010 ‘Best Clinical Leadership in Primary Care’, National Association of Primary Care
  • 2011 ‘Best Outcome Focused Redesign’ for work on Community Elderly Care Service, National Association of Primary Care
  • 2012 ‘Best Efficiency Initiative’ for its care home advice pharmacist scheme, National Association of Primary Care.

Ben led Nene from a fledgling practice based commissioning organisation into one of the largest CCGs in the country, with responsibility for the commissioning of health care services for a population of 650,000, covering the majority of Northamptonshire and responsibility for a commissioning budget of over £700m.

More recently Ben has supported the practices in Milton Keynes and the development of a single GP federation as a vehicle for general practice to both tackle the current challenges facing the practices and provide an effective route for practices into the new models of care.

“…exceptionally professional, knowledgeable and experienced…very approachable and flexible…will help us become a strong organisation…highly recommended”

Thao Nguyen Lead GP, Milton Keynes GP Limited