NHS England has appointed a former clinical commissioning group leader and a regional medical director as its deputy directors of primary care.

Dr Nikita Kanani and Dr Raj Patel have been appointed as joint deupty directors of primary care for NHS England. 

Nikita Kanani is a practising GP in south London and was chief clinical officer of Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group, where she has been a leader for five years.

Dr Raj Patel is a GP and has been regional medical director for NHS England’s north region for five years. 

The two GPs are the deputies to primary care director Arvind Madan, who was also a GP in a London practice which is part of the Hurley Group.

The appointments follow that of NHS England primary care delivery director Dominic Hardy in 2017.

Dr Kanani is a co founder of social enterprise STEMMsisters which aims to support people from disadvantaged backgrounds to study science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.

She leaves Bexley CCG as Andrew Bland is appointed as shared accountable officer across all five south east London CCGs, of which Bexley is one, as well as sustainability and transformation partnership leader.