GPs recognised in Queen's birthday honours list

GPs, including the architect of the new Scottish GMS contract and the immediate past chair of the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC), have been recognised in the Queen's birthday honours.

Former Scottish GPC chair Dr Alan McDevitt receives a CBE (Photo: BMA Scotland)
Former Scottish GPC chair Dr Alan McDevitt receives a CBE (Photo: BMA Scotland)

Dr Alan McDevitt, the previous chair of the Scottish GPC, receives a CBE for services to the NHS and GPs in Scotland. Dr McDevitt led the BMA side of negotiations for the new GMS contract in Scotland, which came into effect in April 2018.

Dr Nav Chana, former chair of the NAPC and now the organisation’s national clinical lead for its primary care home model, receives an MBE for services to clinical education and primary and community care. Dr Chana is a GP in Mitcham, south west London.

The primary care home model, which was developed by the NAPC in 2015 and rolled out more widely in a pilot scheme backed by NHS England, was a forerunner to primary care networks  - which are currently being developed across England as part of the new five-year GP contract.

Birthday honours

NHS England deputy national director for primary care Dr Rajesh Patel also receives an MBE for services to healthcare. Dr Patel is a partner at the Brooke Surgery in Hyde, Manchester.

Dr Helen Hibbs, clinical accountable officer at Wolverhampton CCG, and a GP at Parkfields Medical Practice and Ettingshall Medical Centre in the city, receives an MBE for services to NHS leadership. The CCG has been rated outstanding by NHS England for three years in a row.

Dr Hibbs said she was ‘delighted’ at receiving the award. 'I am honoured to receive this recognition on behalf of all the wonderful teams I have and do currently work with, both in Wolverhampton and across the Black Country,' she said. 'I have always been extremely proud to work for the NHS and would like to thank my colleagues, friends and family who have supported me.'

Dr Chana said he was 'delighted and very grateful to be recognised in the Queen's birthday honours', and said the award was a 'collective tribute' to colleagues at the NAPC and others healthcare professionals who had worked hard to bring about improvements in the NHS.

Other GPs to be recognised include:

  • Dr Gulbash Singh Chandock, senior partner at the Guru Nanak Medical Centre in Southall, west London, who receives an MBE for services to general practice.
  • Dr Sivaramkrishnan Devarj from London receives a British Empire Medal for services to health charity fundraising and general practice
  • Dr David Murray a GP from Ross-shire in the Scottish Highlands receives an MBE for services to healthcare and the community in Wester Ross.

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