Former RCGP chair knighted and GP trainee recognised in Queen's birthday honours

Former RCGP chair Professor David Haslam has been knighted and GP trainee Dr Nish Manek, who helped establish a scheme to prepare newly-qualified GPs to become the next generation of NHS leaders, has been awarded a British Empire medal in the Queen's birthday honours.

Professor Haslam (left) and Dr Nish Manek (Photos: Pete Hill and RCGP/Grainge Photography)
Professor Haslam (left) and Dr Nish Manek (Photos: Pete Hill and RCGP/Grainge Photography)

Professor Haslam, who is currently chair of NICE, and Dr Manek, an NHS England medical director's clinical fellow and London-based GP trainee, are among several GPs recognised in the latest honours list.

Wessex LMCs chief executive and GPC member Dr Nigel Watson, who is chairing the government review of the GP partnership model, has been awarded an MBE for services to general practice.

Other GPs receiving honours are:

  • Professor Paul Little CBE, professor of primary care at University of Southampton, for services to general practice research.
  • Dr Parameswara Prasad MBE, a GP at Panton Surgery in Holywell, Flintshire, for services to the community in Holywell.
  • Dr Vishanka Ratnasuriya MBE, a GP partner at Lordswood Medical Group and chair of Our Health Partnership in Birmingham, for services to general practice in the West Midlands.
  • Dr John Ribchester MBE, a GP partner at Whitstable Medical Practice in Kent, for services to general practice.
  • Dr Christopher Stanley MBE, a GP partner at Larwood Health Partnership in Nottinghamshire, for services to general practice.

Birthday honours

Professor Haslam receives his knighthood for services to NHS leadership. He was both chair and president of the RCGP during the 2000s and has also been president of the BMA. Early on in his career Professor Haslam was a GP in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, though now he lives in rural Dorset.

Professor Haslam said: 'I'm really thrilled and honoured to be acknowledged in this way, but I am absolutely clear that I owe this to all the people I have worked with, particularly the board and staff at NICE. Careers are rarely about individuals - they depend on teams, and I am really lucky to be working with so many extraordinarily talented people.'

Dr Manek is awarded the British Empire medal for services to general practice leadership development. The Next Generation GP scheme she helped to establish aims to engage 'a new generation of leaders in primary care, equipping them with the skills and networks to succeed, and empowering them with the belief that they can translate insight into impact'. The scheme does not require formal health management training - and is aimed at GPs in the first five to seven years of their career.

Dr Manek will be speaking at the 2018 RCGP conference in Glasgow, which runs from 4-6 October. Practical leadership training for GP registrars is expected to become a mandatory requirement within two years, and she will discuss how GPs can build leadership training into the way their practices work. 

Sir Malcolm Grant, chair of NHS England said: 'As we approach the NHS’s 70th birthday it is great to see the importance of health recognised so strongly in these awards and so many NHS staff deservedly honoured for the fantastic work that they do.'

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