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Karen Kirkham

Dr Karen Kirkham

National Clinical Advisor System Development and Population Health Management, NHS England and Improvement

Karen has been a GP for 25 years, now senior partner in a large practice, and has 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). Karen is also 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.
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. She has worked to support the development of primary care networks as a strong foundation for the NHS.