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Dr Mark Spencer: co-chair

Dr Mark Spencer

Mark has been a GP at the Mount View Practice in Fleetwood, Lancashire since 1991. The practice is situated in an area of high deprivation, with high prevalence rates for all long-term conditions and a life expectancy significantly below the national average.

The Mount View Practice has won two NHS Alliance Acorn Awards; in 2006 for Practice Based Commissioning and in 2012 for Innovation in Primary Care (Primary Care based Dementia Service). The Practice was also the proud winner of the first NHS Alliance Oak Award in 2010. They also won the GP Practice Long Term Conditions Team of the Year in 2012.

Mark is accredited by the RCGP as a GPwSI for the management of patients with substance misuse.

In 1993, he was the co-founder of his local Out of Hours GP Co-operative, Fylde Coast Medical Services (FCMS) and remains a medical director. In 2002 FCMS won the Health and Social Care Award in the Emergency Care category. As well as providing a 24/7 Out of Hospital Urgent Care Service, FCMS “front ends” Blackpool Victoria Hospital A&E Department, provides 111 call handling and is a Care Co-ordination Service for its health economy. In 2015 FCMS began delivering Out of Hospital Urgent Care Services across Doncaster.

In 2004, Mark was the Co-founder and remains a medical director of PDS Medical, which provides a range of community based diagnostic services for NHS patients across the North West of England. PDS Medical also provides two community based Urgent Care Centres in North Lancashire and a minor injuries unit in East Lancashire.

In 2015, Mark was the co-founder and is a director of a GP federation across all Fleetwood based practices, delivering services through Prime Ministers Challenge funding.

Mark has also held various roles within NHS Management and Commissioning. He sat on the North West Lancashire LMC 1995-2001. He has been Chair of a Primary Care Group (1998-2002), Chair of the Professional Executive Committee of a Primary Care Trust (2002-2004), Chair of a PBC Group (2005-2009) and Chair of a First Wave Pathfinder Clinical Commissioning Group (2010-2012). In 2012, he stood down from all commissioning roles and responsibilities in order to concentrate solely on service provision.

He is passionate about the provision of patient centred, high quality, integrated Primary and Community Care. He is a champion for deprived communities such as his own in Fleetwood.