The PCSF Executive Committee
The PCSF conducts its business through regular meetings of an Executive Committee comprising of between 8-12 elected and selected members. The committee is led by Honorary Officers, elected annually at the members’ AGM (usually held in September). The remainder of the executive are selected by the executive committee from existing members. All PCSF Executive meetings are minuted and supported by an administrative support.
Richard is the senior partner at a large training practice in Romford, Essex and has been at the same practice since completing his vocational training over 30 years ago. Aside from his practice commitments, he has held various medical roles including Youth team Dr for a professional football Team; GP tutor in Academic Department of General Practice at QMW University of London; Out of hours / urgent care clinical director; an FHSA/PCT and CCG clinical lead; Honorary Consultant at Great Ormond Street for children working in the late effects clinic for child survivors of cancer. He has particular interest in adolescent health and wellbeing and remains a long-standing member of the RCGP aligned Adolescent Working Group. In 2012, he became the Named GP for children’s safeguarding within two CCG areas of the North East London Commissioning Alliance as well as the Clinical lead for children’s services for BHR CCG area. In 2013 he became a member of the PCSF and in 2014 joined the Executive Committee as the organisation’s Honorary Secretary. In 2017 he became chair of the PCSF and also helped develop closer ties with NHS England’s safeguarding network resulting in the formation of the National Network of Named GPs (NNNGP) and its representative group (RNNNGP) which he currently chairs. Married for 30 years with 3 growing, older children and a fourth baby on the way – this time of the four legged variety – a first for the family and likely to be the biggest parenting challenge yet.
Within her role as a PCSF executive member she is the organisation’s membership secretary
Dr Sunni Seth has been a Named GP for Safeguarding Children since 2010 in Knowsley and an executive member of the PCSF since 2017. She trained in Paediatrics prior to switching to general practice and is currently working as a salaried GP in Dinas Lane Medical Practice. She has a keen interest in safeguarding training and information sharing in primary care. In addition she works closely with the Designated adult Nurse for the CCG to improve safeguarding adult provision within primary care. Within her PCSF executive role, she oversees the development and maintenance of the website and is one of the forum moderators.
Dr Joy Shacklock is the RCGP Safeguarding Lead. She is also the Named GP for Child and Adult Safeguarding in Harrogate and Rural District, North Yorkshire CCG, as well as a GP Partner and Practice Safeguarding Lead at The Spa Surgery, Harrogate. Joy represents the RCGP on NHS England’s National Safeguarding Steering Group as well as other national safeguarding groups. Joy has produced a number of safeguarding resources for the RCGP including being one of the authors of the RCGP Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Harm toolkit (2017) and the RCGP Child Safeguarding toolkit (2019). She has also been involved in writing the Intercollegiate Documents (ICD) on Safeguarding Children and young people (4th Edition 2019) and for Adult Safeguarding (2018). She has also produced a number of COVID safeguarding resources for the RCGP. Within her role as a PCSF executive members she provides a key link to the RCGP and other national organizations for the work we do and provide.
Venetia Young is a retired GP principal, Family Therapist and Named Doctor who also worked for nearly 3 years as Adult safeguarding lead GP for Cumbria. Prior to her CCG roles she held posts as GP MH lead. Her passion is ensuring the voice of the vulnerable child and adult is heard and that professionals really do learn lessons from serious case reviews. She has developed many training materials from SARs and practice reviews to enable better insight in the problems in care homes. She has a lifelong interest in medically unexplained or persistent physical symptoms which has led her to looking at the severe end of the spectrum of ‘FII’. She has joined the RCPsych FII special interest group. This is leading into training. She loves playing viola, singing and enjoying woodland walks and wild swimming in Cumbria.
Within her role as a PCSF executive members she is one of our education and conference leads.
She has coauthored a book called ’10 minutes for the family – systemic interventions in Primary care.’ Asen, Tomson and Young Routledge 2004. This is a helpful practical how to talk with families book for GPs. It has a lot of case material.