Dr Nigel Watson

chief executive, Wessex LMCs and chair of independent review panel into the GP partnership model



Nigel was appointed as the Independent Chair of the GP Partnership Review in June 2018 by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, supported by GPC, RCGP, NHS England and DHSC.  The review is considering the GP Partnership and following the review will make recommendations on how to revitalize the model and ensure it is fit for purpose for the future.

Nigel is the Chief Executive of Wessex Local Medical Committees which represents over 3,000 GPs working in 500 practices in Dorset, Hampshire and IoW, Bath & North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire and supports the GPs working in the Channel Islands.

Wessex LMCs has an excellent reputation for being firm but fair. They enjoy strong support from grass roots GPs and Practice Managers and are looking for solutions not problems.

Nigel worked 2 days a week in his practice where he was the Managing Partner of a busy 12 doctor practice in the New Forest.  With a list size of over 13,300 and working in an area where over 30% of the population is aged 65 or more there are many challenges.

Nigel was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2018 for services to general practice in Wessex.

Over the last couple of years Nigel has been very involved in supporting and leading the Hampshire Vanguard. Developing the Multi-Specialty Community Provider and transforming care in his locality and spreading this across Hampshire.  The work has been transformed into the New Models of Care workstream in the Hampshire and IoW STP.

The STP brings together providers and commissioners and Nigel sits on the Executive Board to ensure that General Practice has a voice and is not missed out in all the discussions and plans.

Because of his work locally and working closely with the national team, Nigel has sat on the national advisory committee for the voluntary MCP contract now transformed into the New Models of Care Business Advisory Group.

Workforce is critical to our future and the LMC has always had a close and constructive relationship with the Deanery and the LETB in Wessex. As HEE changed its structure to have a committee covering the South of England, Nigel was asked to be the Primary Care Representative on this committee.


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