PRESS RELEASE FROM THE FAMILY DOCTOR ASSOCIATION “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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.