Transforming Urgent and Emergency Care: Safer, Better, Faster
- 08:30 - 17:00
- Manchester Conference Centre
Rick works full-time for the Primary Care Foundation. From April 2012 until January 2016 Rick split his time between the Primary Care Foundation and the role of Chief Executive at the NHS Alliance, where he was responsible for extending its role as the voice of primary care providers. This involved influencing the direction of national policy on primary care as outlined in ‘Breaking Boundaries’, its manifesto for primary care launched in March 2013 and ‘Think Big, Act Now: creating a Community of Care’ in October 2014, a forerunner to the Five Year Forward View. More recently he worked across both organisations to develop ‘Making Time in General Practice’ working closely with NHS England and other leading primary care organisations to look at reducing the workload on general practice.
Rick was previously the Chief Executive of Bexhill & Rother PCT until the end of July 2005 where he led a national pilot to develop out-of-hours services and was the lead Chief Executive for the South East within NatPaCT, the national PCT development programme. It was the only PCT in the South East to receive a 3-star award when the new ratings were introduced in 2003 and it consistently featured in the top 10 PCTs in the annual staff survey.
Rick has worked across a range of sectors and in a variety of roles, including general management, internal consultancy, research and face-to-face with vulnerable clients. He led Access to Health, a Kings Fund initiative in the early 90’s to improve health care for homeless people, was responsible for developing quality standards in a mental health and community trust in Inner London and for developing commissioning within a regional health authority. He is also a practicing psychodynamic counsellor.