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                                         “The sign of a patient-centred GP practice.”

Contact: Moira Auchterlonie
Chief Executive Officer                                                                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
T: 01706 620 920                                                                              Thursday 1st October 2009
M: 07918 624 407
E: moira@family-doctor.org.uk




        FAMILY DOCTOR ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES NEW CHAIRMAN
              Dr Swinyard on message on the importance of continuity of patient care


Swindon family doctor Dr Peter Swinyard has been elected
chairman of the Family Doctor Association, the Association
announced today.

At the Annual General meeting held on 26th September in
Stratford upon Avon, the membership gave its unanimous
approval to the election of Dr Swinyard as the new Chairman.

Dr Swinyard replaces chairman of seven years Dr Michael
Taylor.

Dr Swinyard was Honorary Secretary of the Family Doctor
Association for the past four years and developed the
portfolio of membership services including the AskFDA
advice service. As a speaker with a national profile he is                                             Dr Peter Swinyard
much in demand at GP events, most recently at the Pulse                                                National Chairman
seminars on premises and practice team development.                                                Family Doctor Association

He sits on the Agenda Committee of the Conference of Local Medical Committees. He served on
the General Practitioners Committee and chaired the Premises Sub Committee until 2005. He has
been a member of Wiltshire Local Medical Committee for more than 20 years and has served as
their Vice Chairman and Chairman. He has also been an advisor to NP f IT on the Electronic
Prescription Service and to Prodigy (now NHS Clinical Knowledge Summaries).

Chief executive officer Moira Auchterlonie said Dr Swinyard’s appointment represented a new era
and continuity of message for the Association in the NHS medico-political arena. “Dr Swinyard has
the proven experience and leadership to help steer the Association as it continues to develop its
brand of GP practices in the NHS primary care market. He remains a grassroots GP; his practice
offers personal doctoring that is the core of the Family Doctor Association brand.”

Ms Auchterlonie said she also wanted to also acknowledge the enormous contribution and
commitment of former chairman Dr Michael Taylor in positioning the Family Doctor Association for
a strong and dynamic future. She was delighted to announce that Dr Taylor would continue his
valued work with the Association, as he had accepted the new twin roles of Brand Development
and Head of External Relations for the Family Doctor Association.

ENDS


The Family Doctor Association is a national network of family doctor practices of all sizes that offer their patients continuity of care and
the opportunity to see their own GP. These practices offer their patients the benefits of relationship medicine rather than anonymous
health care. The Association’ campaigns about the importance of continuity of care in family medicine. It’s purpose is to encourage,
assist, cajole and motivate fellow GP practices, the Department of Health and health leaders to recognize its importance in the delivery
of quality primary health care.

The Family Doctor Association is a registered educational charity no. 299871 and was founded in 1985. The Family Doctor Association
is the new name for the Small Practices Association.

				
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