A doctor who helped shape primary care in the UK has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Dr Johnny Marshall practices at the Westongrove Partnership surgery in his hometown of Wendover and has worked as a GP in Bucks for 23 years.
He said the letter was ‘completely out of the blue’ and because of the nature of his job, keeping it a secret was easy.
Dr Marshall, who also serves as director of policy at the NHS Confederation, said: “It’s nice to be recognised like this but the opportunity to work with people to make the NHS great is what gets me out of bed in the morning.
“Fundamentally, it all comes back to the whole reason I went into general practice in the first place – that sense of making a difference for people.
“I still enjoy that, very much so – in the policy area it can take years to make a difference.
“It’s genuinely a privilege to be involved in people’s lives on a daily basis.”
Dr Marshall was chairman on the National Association of Primary Care from 2008 to 2011 and has served as the founding chair of United Commissioning – the forerunner to the Aylesbury Vale Clinical Commissioning Group.
Lou Patten, chief officer of the commissioning group, said: “We were thrilled to hear that Johnny received this highly deserved OBE.
“He has also played a key role in shaping the way health services operate not only across Aylesbury Vale but also across the UK.
“This is a fitting reward for someone who has such passion for the NHS and for improving patients’ experiences of their health services.”