Suffolk Primary Care's Executive Chairman Dr Nick Rayner has been named as one of the most influential GPs in the country according to Pulse magazine.

The Rising Stars of 2018 list recognises GPs under the age of 40 with an increasing influence on the profession.


Dr Rayner, who is a Partner at Oakfield Surgery in Newmarket and also an Executive Director of Suffolk GP Federation, said: “There are a lot of inspirational people included and I feel very privileged.

“At the start of my career I actually set out to become a plastic surgeon – but I soon decided primary care was where I could make the most difference.

“Suffolk is a fantastic county and we are very fortunate to have a very skilled and dedicated workforce along with two very supportive clinical commissioning groups.

“This recognition is testament to everybody’s hard work – from my own practice in Newmarket through to my colleagues at Suffolk Primary Care and Suffolk GP Federation. We are all working together to help drive change and find solutions to the challenges currently facing the NHS.”

Suffolk Primary Care is a collaboration of 11 GP practices serving more than 100,000 patients across the county from Brandon and Newmarket in the west, to Ipswich, Stowmarket, Felixstowe, Leiston and Debenham in the east.

While at SPC Dr Rayner has brought several new practices on board, negotiated property solutions and helped win £100,000 of NHS England funding. He has also helped secure £150,000 to recruit a lead training nurse, introduced IT support and expanded working at scale.

As a GP partner in Newmarket he has led a project to move the surgery into the community hospital and has also set up a health and wellbeing hub in the town.

For Suffolk GP Federation he has overseen clinical management of services with a turnover of £18 million.

Paul Brown, Chief Executive of Suffolk Primary Care, said: “We’d like to congratulate Nick on being named as one of Pulse magazine’s Rising Stars. It’s a great achievement and shows that we have the skills and expertise within our workforce to influence change at a grassroots level – helping to create a sustainable service that’s fit for the future.”

Pulse is one of the healthcare profession’s leading publications, aimed at GPs, nurses and health professionals working in primary care.

You can read more about Dr Rayner's thoughts on general practice and the changes being implemented by Suffolk Primary Care in his blog.

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