Dr Karen Kirkham
MBBS DRCOG, National Clinical Advisor System Development and Population Health Management NHS England & NHS Improvement, Integrated Care System Clinical Lead Dorset, Assistant Clinical Chair Dorset CCG
Karen has been a GP for 25 years, now senior partner in a large practice, and combines this with a senior leadership role with Dorset CCG as Assistant Clinical Chair. She is part of the Senior Leader Team in Dorset as Clinical Lead for the Dorset Integrated Care System (ICS). A strong and credible clinical leader with significant executive level experience, detailed knowledge of both commissioning and delivery of healthcare at scale, Karen is a change leader for the Dorset health system, helping shape and deliver health and care services within the ICS.
She has been a leader of the Clinical Services Review team, worked on acute and community reconfiguration and is currently focussing on redesign, transformation and delivery of the Integrated Community Services and Primary Care component of Dorset’s STP, which underpins the transformation agenda.
As the ICS Primary Care Clinical Lead she has a strong interest in implementing new care models, has a strong interest in driving innovation through the use of digital technology, integrating services across the system, ensuring high quality and sustainable General Practice as a fundamental building block within the ICS and developing population health analytics and management systems. She is the clinical sponsor for Population Health Management within the Dorset system.
From 2018-2020 she has been a National Clinical Advisor for Primary care with the NHSE System Transformation team, working to support both ICS and STPs to spread innovation and new ways of working and with a special interest in leadership and workforce. She has worked to support the development of Primary Care Networks as a strong foundation for the NHS, and is passionate about strengthening both General Practice and the wider community offer.