WORKFORCE: Dr Stephen Richards has been elected to lead the Oxfordshire GP Consortium with 94 per cent of the vote.

Out of the county’s 83 practices, 71 voted in the selection process which was overseen and administered by the Local Medical Committee (LMC)

Candidates were short-listed by an interview panel which included chairman and chief executive of NHS Oxfordshire, the chief executive of the LMC, and the GP locality lead. This was followed by the election which was open to all GP partners and salaried sessional GPs in Oxfordshire.

As consortium lead, Dr Richards will be accountable to the board of the shadow GP Consortium; the chief executive of NHS Oxfordshire; to GP members and to patients of the GP Consortium. He will work closely with the GP representatives of the six localities and senior NHS managers to lead the design and implementation of The Oxfordshire GP Consortium (OGPC). 

Dr Richards, is currently a partner in the Goring and Woodcote practice where he has been working for 22 years. He intends to continue with this on a part-time basis.