Our weekly guide e to healthcare's most influential people

Published: 10/01/2001, Volume 112, No. 5787 Page 20 21

Name: Barbara Hakin

Job: Head of the national primary care trust development programme

Style: Energetic and enthusiastic.'I am an organiser, me; It is as simple as that.'Following the recent twojob trend in the upper echelons of NHSdom, Dr H splits her time between Yorkshire, where she is chief exec at Bradford South and West PCT, and London.

Also travels round the country developing primary care in her wake - 'I was in Taunton for an hour once'.A member of the Modernisation Board, she rolled up her sleeves for a back-to-the-floor stint as receptionist in a GP surgery.'Receptionists are obviously expected to have a full range of medical knowledge, be clairvoyant and have a magic wand, ' she noted.Perhaps best known for championing specialist GPs, the medic-turned-exec also wants 'to prove that as an NHS manager, I can hold my own'.

Doesn't have a lot of spare time but loves shopping and has a shoe collection said to rival that of Imelda Marcos.Her OBE was for services to the NHS.

Background: Qualified as a doctor in 1975 and spent a few years working in hospitals before becoming a GP principal in Bradford in 1980.Spent 15 years 'seeing patients and being a mum', while her children grew up.Then the practice became a fundholder, stirring her interest in management.

She was chair of the fundholding consortium, then chair of Bradford South and West PCG doing 'halfand-half management and general practice'.PCT status saw her shift round the boardroom table to become chief executive in 2000.

Future prospects: Her national role is set to last two years, but do not bet against another - setting up networks of GP specialists, perhaps.