GP 'one of most influential in country'
A BAY GP who is helping implement the Government's NHS reforms has been recognised as one of the most influential doctors in the country.
Dr Sam Barrell (pictured), a GP at the Compass House surgery in Brixham, has been commended for her work in commissioning.
She was selected from a list of hundreds of GPs in England to be named in the top 50 GPs of 2012.
As well as her commissioning work, the panel praised her work as a practising GP and said she was an 'up and coming' individual who should be considered as one of the most influential people shaping the future of the Health Service and Government policy.
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Dr Barrell was described by panel members as 'beginning to get the ear of central policy makers', and an individual who was 'nationally influential, but most importantly influences locally for better care for patients'.
She was ranked number 31 of the top 50 GPs in the country and was one of few recognised for their contributions to both commissioning and practice.
The GP, the accountable officer for South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "I am thrilled the panel view the work I have been doing with high regard.
"However, it has been a huge team effort from clinicians and managers locally to build relations across the whole healthcare system in order to implement our vision of joined up patient centred care.
"We have just pressed the button and sent evidence off for the second wave of authorisation and have now fully appointed to our Governing body.
"We are committed to ensuring patients in South Devon and Torbay receive the best possible care and are confident the commissioning work we have been doing means health services for those living in the region will be maintained and improved when CCGs take responsibility for local health services next year."
South Devon and Torbay CCG is preparing to take responsibility for local health services next April when it will replace primary care trusts.
Speaking about her recognition, Dr Derek Greatorex, chairman of NHS South Devon and Torbay CCG, said: "This is recognition of the tremendous work she has put in over the past two years both for Baywide and now for the South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group.
"Her energy and vision has enabled our organisation to be at the forefront of innovative practice in the new environment of GP lead commissioning, both at a local and a national level."