About Us

The Primary Care Foundation was established to support the development of best practice in primary and urgent care.  The three Directors bring different skills and perspectives to understanding primary and urgent health care - for more details click below:

David Carson

Rick Stern

Henry Clay

We also work with a number of associates on different projects, in particular:

Simon Lawrence

Latest News

Free workshops for practices in February and March

NHS England, working in partnership with the BMA, NHS Alliance and the Primary Care Foundation, is setting up seven Roadshows across England, in Manchester, Leeds, Leicester, Bristol, Southampton and twice in London. … they are free for all staff working in general practice across England. Find out more about the recent report ‘Making Time in General Practice’, hear direct about examples of how practices are reducing their workload an d improving care, and get a chance to share ideas with other practices and think about potential improvements in the way you work. To book your place at the ‘Releasing capacity in general practice’ roadshows click here.


'Making Time' made simple

A new web based version of our recent report ‘Making Time in General Practice’ is available on the NHS Alliance website – click here for a link. And for a brief introduction to the report listen to an interview by Natasha Kaplinsky from ITN with Rick stern click here


Two new blogs

From the start of 2016, Rick Stern is returning full time to the Primary Care Foundation. After nearly four years of spending half his week as Chief Executive of the NHS Alliance he has made way for a new leadership team but remains on their National Executive. Rick reflects on his time leading the NHS Alliance in two recent blogs … links to ‘How to achieve more by doing less’ and ‘4 things in 4 years


We are now supporting over 1,500 practices across the UK to manage access and urgent care

Our support for general practices looking to improve access for patients and streamline the management of urgent care continues to expand. Based on a web based tool, developed out of our work commissioned by the Department of Health, we collect practice data for one week and prepare a report for each practice looking at how you compare to others and explore what this means for making practical changes in the way you work. We have now worked with over 1,500 practices across the UK. If you want to know more about how we might work with you please contact Rick Stern on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call on 07709 746771.


Latest Version of a Sample Report Now Available

We are regularly improving the format of our reports for practices based on constant feedback. If you would like to see an example report, CLICK HERE