Karen Kirkham - HETT Show 2019

Karen Kirkham

Assistant Clinical Chair and Locality Lead
Dorset CCG

Karen has been a GP for over 25 years, now senior partner in a large practice, and combines this with a senior leadership role in Dorset as the Integrated Care System (ICS) Clinical lead and Assistant Clinical Chair with Dorset CCG and has a national role as Senior Medical Advisor to the Primary Care Provider Transformation team.
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, in driving innovation using 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.
From 2018-2019 she was 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 with a special interest in leadership and workforce. Her current role as Senior Medical Advisor involves advising on the development of national primary care strategy to deliver the ambitions of the Long-Term Plan and GP5YFV. She is an advocate for transformation within integrated care systems and at scale primary care as part of the sustainability of general practice.
She now sits on the National Workforce board and the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Disease board for England.