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Bespoke news, actionable insight and strategic analysis

PCJ provides a forum for professionals to share what’s working and discuss challenges and reforms with other thought leaders working in primary care.

“Discussions surrounding capital funding, primary care estates and facilities, front line workforce shortages, system integration, digital technologies and innovation and clinical developments are all essential to the continued delivery of effective primary care in the UK.”

PCJ offers crucial insight, expertise and much-needed knowledge to inform developments in primary care. Bringing together content from a broad spectrum of thought leaders, the innovative PCJ platform tailors the content readers receive to ensure they are always engaging in the most relevant debates with colleagues.



Primary Care Journal reports on the latest developments in primary care policy and practice, funding flows, workforce management, primary care estates, emerging models of care and integration.

Hear from thought leaders in the sector, offering their insight and comment on developments at the national, regional and local level.




Primary Care Journal highlights the successes, opportunities and challenges of UK primary care, bringing perspectives and opinions directly from those most engaged within the sector. PCJ hosts exclusive insight features and interviews with NHS and independent professionals and thought leaders in primary care as well as hosting contributions from the wider sector and external commentators.



Primary Care Journal provides readers with an in-depth look at the current state of services, crucial developments and reforms, activities of key stakeholders and big questions for the future of primary care. PCJ gives professionals the understanding they need to make positive steps in practice by evaluating information from a broad range of sources, internally and with external partners.

Who we are

Dan Male


Dan is currently Editor of Primary Care Journal, overseeing the day-to-day operation of the publication; driving content planning, platform development and media relations. Dan is also Editor of Accountable Care Journal, the sister publication to PCJ. Previously, Dan has worked as a parliamentary officer, media advisor for World Vision and as a data analyst for Experian Footfall. He holds a Masters Degree in policy analysis from the University of Bath and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Sheffield. Dan is a strong advocate of wellbeing policy and addressing the social determinants of health having completed numerous academic research studies on the subject.

David Duffy


David is Co-Editor at Primary Care Journal. David is also Editor of Hospital Times where, in addition to driving content, he also oversees the day-to-day running of the publication. David has a degree in History and Politics from the University of East Anglia and has a background in international policy, having previously worked for lobbyist organisations in Washington DC. David firmly believes in the importance of sharing digital innovations across organisations, platforms and borders to maximise the potential benefits.

Stephen Dorrell


Stephen is also Chairman of LaingBuisson, the healthcare market intelligence company. Stephen was appointed chair of the NHS Confederation in November 2015. Stephen was a Member of Parliament from 1979 to 2015 and a member of the government from 1987 to 1997. He was a member of the Cabinet as Secretary of State for the National Heritage from 1994 to 1995 and Secretary of State for Health from 1995 to 1997. Between 2010 and 2014, Stephen was the first elected chair of the House of Commons Health Committee, developing the role of the Committee as an authoritative cross- party voice on health and care policy.

Ben Howlett

Managing Director

Ben was Member of Parliament for Bath from 2015 to 2017 and Chair of the first Parliamentary Group for Rare, Genetic and Undiagnosed Conditions. He also Chaired the Stroke Group and supported the personalised medicines and data analytics groups. Prior to entering Parliament Ben worked alongside the NHS and the wider public sector providing consultancy support. During his time in Parliament he led on the work with No.10 to integrate housing with health and social care. He has worked on a range of cross party Select Committee inquiries into a range of issues including Meningitis and Brain Tumours.

Clare Whelan


Clare was an elected local government councillor from 1990-2014 holding different roles including Mayor, Cabinet Member, Scrutiny Chair and Health & Wellbeing Board Member. She was active in the cross party Local Government Association from 1998- 2014 on programme Boards and developing councillor recruitment and leadership training programmes. Her day job at Westminster involved working with politicians and the policy world. Clare was appointed an OBE for services to local government, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London.

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ISSN Number: 2517-2662