Toothill GP Dr Peter Swinyard has been voted the twenty-ninth of the 50 most influential doctors in the UK according to Pulse magazine’s annual poll.
This is in recognition of his role as chair of the Family Doctor Association, and his tireless efforts to encourage GPs to engage constructively with the Government’s NHS reforms.
Dr Swinyard, who runs the Phoenix Practice, is a champion of GP-led commissioning and small practices which are managed single-handedly. Speaking to The Link in 2011 he said: “GPs have keen entrepreneurial abilities, and are accustomed to managing risk, which we do multiple times each day with every patient that enters our surgery. We are the only practitioners to take a holistic view of the individual in their particular context. It makes sense that GPs commission the appropriate level of clinical care for their patients.”
However, while he is a keen supporter of the reform principles, he is concerned by the way the changes have been implemented. Expressing the significance of the changes Dr Swinyard said: “This is the first, and possibly the last, time GPs have the potential to influence the direction of patients’ care, and offer a patient-centred service strengthened by the continuity of relationships with social care.”
To minimise the risk of leaving gaps in patient care Dr Swinyard is now working on a guide for GPs to navigate the Government’s changes, and to help doctors meet the requirements of the Care Quality Commission.