James is the Senior Partner in a nationally renowned, award winning General Practice in the North West of England. He has a wealth of experience in primary care, medical education and medical politics.
He is President of the National Association of Primary Care (UK) having previously served as Chairman from 2004-08. He is the co-author and national clinical lead of the new care model for the NHS, the Primary Care Home, possibly the largest reform program for primary care provision in a generation.
He served as a senior GP advisor at the Department of Health from 1999 -2002 and from 2009 – 2013 and was the National Clinical Lead for the English Department of Health’s implementation programmes for Clinical Commissioning,
In this role he was also the Primary Care Lead on the DH Board of the National Clinical Directors.
He has also held advisory positions with NICE, CQC and NHS Improvement.
James is a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Teaching Hospitals and immediate past NED at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust where he was the Senior Independent Director.
He is immediate past Chairman of the largest independent community pharmacy chain with national coverage in England,
He is a founding director of Waring health Ltd, an international specialist medical consultancy firm. In his international roles he is the primary care lead for the Faculty of Disaster Medicine for India and Nepal.
He was a GP trainer for 20 years and an undergraduate tutor for the medical schools of Liverpool and University College London.
In June 2018 James was appointed as a Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Central Lancashire.
He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee New Year Honours List for services to Medicine and to Healthcare.