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Karen Kirkham: Community hub pioneer

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4105 (Published 17 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4105
Duncan Smith

Biography

Karen Kirkham, a Dorset GP who has been instrumental in creating a new care system for the county, was appointed national clinical adviser in primary care for NHS England in May 2018. She trained at Middlesex Hospital Medical School, has been a GP for 25 years, and is a partner at the Bridges Medical Centre in Weymouth. The Dorset plan, launched in 2015, remodelled the delivery of care by integrating primary, secondary, and social care and by creating 10 community hubs to coordinate and deliver out-of-hospital care for frail patients. One aim was to identify patients at risk of admission and prevent this where possible through better community care. Kirkham now has the task of spreading this message to other parts of England.

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