Dr Karen Kirkham

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21 January 2020

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Dr Karen  Kirkham

Dr Karen Kirkham

National Clinical Advisor, Primary Care & Integrated Care System Clinical Lead, NHS England & Dorset ICS

Karen has been a GP for 25 years, now senior partner in a large practice, and combines this with a senior leadership role with Dorset CCG as Assistant Clinical Chair and Locality clinical chair for Weymouth and Portland. She is part of the Senior Leader Team in Dorset for the STP and is the Clinical Lead for the Dorset Integrated Care System (ICS). 

A strong and credible clinical leader with significant executive level experience, detailed knowledge of both commissioning and delivery of healthcare at scale, Karen is a change leader for the Dorset health system, helping shape and deliver health and care services within the ICS.

She has been a leader of the Clinical Services Review team, worked on acute and community reconfiguration and is currently focussing on redesign, transformation and delivery of the Integrated Community Services and Primary Care component of Dorset’s STP, which underpins the transformation agenda.

As the ICS Primary Care Clinical Lead she has a strong interest in implementing new care models, has a strong interest in driving innovation through the use of digital technology, integrating services across the system, ensuring high quality and sustainable General Practice as a fundamental building block within the ICS and developing population health analytics and management systems. She is the clinical sponsor for Population Health Management within the Dorset system.

Since 2018 she has been a National Clinical Advisor for Primary care with the NHSE System Transformation team, working to support both ICS and STPs to spread innovation and new ways of working and with a special interest in leadership and workforce. She has worked to support the development of Primary Care Networks as a strong foundation for the NHS, and is passionate about strengthening both General Practice and the wider community offer. 

She now sits on the National Workforce board and the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Disease board for England.

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