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Professor David Colin-Thomé

Current Portfolio

Appointed as National Director for Primary Care and medical adviser to commissioning and system management directorate, DH 2007. Retired December 2010.
  • Previously National Clinical Director for Primary Care, DH 2001-2007
  • Former Co-Chair and lead on Primary and Community Care Strategy (PCCS) for the DH of the NHS Next Stage (Darzi) Review until publication July 2008
  • Subsequently Chair of PCCS Clinical Advisory Group and Co-Chair of Transforming Community Health Services Board
  • Chair Long Term Conditions delivery board, Co-Chair Urgent and Emergency Care Board, Chair Summary Care Record and GP extraction IT service advisory groups and clinical adviser for DH/NHSD for ‘fluline’
  • Clinical Lead for delivery of 18w programme

Key Responsibilities


  • Long Term Conditions Board
  • Primary and Community Care Strategy Clinical Advisory Board
  • Summary Care Record Advisory Board
  • General Practice Extraction Service Board (IT information)
  • Wheelchair & Seating Services Advisory Group
  • UK Pharmascan (Horizon Scanning Database) - Oversight and Governance Committee


  • Urgent and Emergency care Board

Member on retirement

  • Equality and Diversity Council
  • Vascular Programme Board
  • Integrated Care Pilot Programme Board
  • National Clinical Directors
  • National Clinical Advisory Team
  • Specialised Commissioning Development Unit (SCDU) Programme Board (production of commissioning packs)
  • Older People and Prevention Departmental Programme Board
  • Non-Medical Prescribing Programme Board
  • National Leadership Council Clinical Leadership Work Stream - Chief Officers
  • Transforming Community Services Expert Advisory Group (former co-chair of Transforming Community Health Services Board)
  • Diagnostics Clinical Committee
  • Shared Decision Making Committee
  • Member DH National Clinical Advisory Team
  • Public Sector Agreement (PSA) 18.2 Programme Board (Health Inequalities)
  • Receiving international visitors on primary care issues

Former Responsibilities


  • Inclusion Health Cabinet Office/ Department of Health advisory group
  • Primary and Community Care Strategy Board of the Next Stage Review (NSR) of the NHS
  • National Development Board for Practitioners with Special Interests
  • Access to elective secondary care:
  • - ‘Care closer to home’ steering group
  • - Community Hospitals and Services Programme board.


  • Renal Advisory Group.
  • Clinical lead for 18 weeks access programme (GP referral to hospital treatment)


  • Clinical Sounding Board
  • Member of Marmot review on Health inequalities- sustainable development task group
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