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Rick Stern: adviser

Rick Stern

Rick is the Chief Executive of the NHS Alliance.  He is responsible for extending its role as the voice of primary care, bringing together patients and front line staff, providers and commissioners, within the core values of the NHS, as outlined in our recent manifesto for primary care ‘Breaking Boundaries’. This includes developing a wide range of networks, with a fresh focus on three new campaigns; changing the culture and behaviour in healthcare, integrating primary care and tackling inequalities.

Rick is also a director of the Primary Care Foundation, which was established seven years ago to develop and spread best practice in urgent and primary care.  The Primary Care Foundation runs the National Out of Hours Benchmark and has carried out national reviews for the Department of Health on the management of urgent care in general practice, how primary care is delivered within or alongside A&E, and a review of Urgent Care Centres. It currently works with over 800 practices across the UK using a web based tool to improve access and urgent care.

Previously, Rick was the Chief Executive of Bexhill & Rother PCT until the end of July 2005.  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 King’s 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.