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N.A.P.P. founders honoured by Royal College of GPs for their pioneering work in patient representation.

Dr Peter Pritchard – patient champion and N.A.P.P. founder

We were sad to hear of the death on the 6th January of Dr Peter Pritchard in his 100th year. Peter was a visionary, a pioneer in the involvement of patients in the delivery of care and the development of general practice, exemplified by him setting up the very first Patient Participation Group in 1972.

He continued to be a passionate advocate of patient involvement right up to his death.

N.A.P.P. President and Chairman, Dr Patricia Wilkie said “I was very sorry to hear of Peter’s death. I had the privilege of interviewing him a few months ago, and hearing first-hand about his insights into patient involvement, general practice and the wider NHS. His recollection of the early days of patient participation, his battles with the Royal College of General Practitioners, and the establishment of N.A.P.P. were fascinating, and we are planning to share some of the transcript of that interview later in the year.”

Just after his death, the Daily Telegraph published an article about Peter which captures some of his reflections and view about the NHS. We have been given permission to share the article here. (with thanks to the Daily Telegraph and author Peter Stanford. The credits for the pictures in the article are as follows – from the top: 1) Telegraph image - permission given; 2) Copyright of Getty Images; 3) Copyright of Press Association; 4) Private collect image - no information of source).


In October, Dr Terry Kemple, President of the Royal College of General Practitioners presented Certificates of Commendation to 99 year-old Dr Peter Pritchard (above left) who was the first GP to establish a PPG in his practice in Beresford in Oxfordshire and to Dr Tim Paine (above right) in Bristol who followed soon after, as did Dr Julian Tudor Hart In Glyncorrwg , the first in Wales - all  in 1972.  

Tim was the founder of the National Association for Patient Participation in 1978, later registered as a charity in 1985.

Peter has just finished writing his memoir, An Eventful Life.   Throughout his GP career, he was an innovator and he also fought in the war in Burma. He was also involved in the beginnings of the Royal College of GPs.

After retiring from general practice and from the N.A.P.P. Board in 2000, Tim has recently re-connected, after joining the PPG at his practice in Bristol, and experiencing this as a patient.  It was pleasing to see in June when he attended our Annual Conference in Basingstoke.

Sadly Dr Pritchard passed away on 06 Jan 2018.

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