Matthew Isom joins the DDA from the British Medical Association’s (BMA) General Practitioners’ Committee (GPC) secretariat, where he was responsible for policy and negotiations for dispensing doctors for 12 years. A history post-graduate, with a keen interest in politics and government, Matthew was part of the team which negotiated the contractual framework for the GMS GP contract, introduced from April 2003. He has also held the policy brief for GP Information Technology, negotiating the GP Systems of Choice (GPSoC) contract in England and navigating the introduction of the Summary Care Record (SCR) and the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) for GPs. During 2011, he leads the team working directly with the GPC Chairman, Dr Laurence Buckman, and Negotiating team during the negotiations on changes to the GMS contract.
The DDA benefits from Matthew’s past medico-political career with LMCs and the GPC/BMA across the four nations of the UK, including four years as Secretary to the Annual Conference of Representatives of LMCs.