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David Thorne

Business Development Director - Well Up North PCN and the Northumberland Medical Alliance

David Thorne

An experienced healthcare professional with an impressive track record of delivery in the NHS and pharmaceutical industry. David is a leading UK authority on clinical commissioning and market access.

Director of Well Up North, the Primary Care Network covering North Northumberland and 80,000 patients. Also a Director of the Northumberland Medical Alliance, an emerging practice alliance/federation.  Former Chair and Non-Exec Director of innovative primary care federations.

Principal Associate to Mtech Access on a consultancy basis providing support to companies across the healthcare sector but primarily pharma, MedTech and diagnostics. Consultancy is focused on UK market access and the application of health policy to company challenges.

Ex-Chief Executive of Newcastle West CCG, one of the more innovative and progressive CCGs in the country. Previously worked in clinical nursing, hospital management and commissioning NHS roles.

42 years experience in UK health services and an authority on GP-led approaches to health care commissioning and integrated service redesign. Project managed the first successful NHS 111 programme in the country and has led serial projects reforming urgent and emergency care modernisation. Other redesign core areas include national award-winning care home admission reduction programmes and the development of the Meet and Move Forward pathway redesign sessions.

10 years in pharma and Medtech market access roles and involved in some of the most successful product launches in the UK. In demand across Europe as a speaker on current challenges to market entry for new medicines. Has supported almost 200 commercial companies in market access through training and advice regarding strategy and customer programmes.

Developed training programmes that NHS and commercial companies use to understand practical NHS finances. Expert in PLICS, real-world data and applied health economics. Advisor to BIVDA, the trade body for UK in vitro diagnostics.

Winner of 2011 NHS Alliance Acorn Awards CCG Manager of the Year, Runner up in 2012 NAPC Vision Awards CCG Manager of the year.

We work with more than 200 leading Life Sciences companies including:

Working with Life Science Access Academy, our company love the variety of the many courses that are on offer. The hour long courses on specific subjects are really useful on Friday lunchtimes for our field teams and gain a lot of interest.

Life Science Access Academy are also super flexible and helpful when it comes to tailoring some additional sessions to our needs.

Marsha Gray, Training Specialist

Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd

We have been partnered with LSAA for several years now which has enabled our team members to develop their competencies and capabilities.

With over 700 learning modules, regular webinars on highly relevant topics across the UK, the opportunity to engage with expert speakers after events and regular blogs and newsletters, the platform is a highly valued resource at Ferring.

The team also provides regular usage statistics so we can understand the hot topics in Ferring and enable colleagues to share knowledge and experience with each other.

Paul Runeckles, Director of Execution Excellence


Frontier Medical has fully implemented, Life Science Access Academy allowing Sales and Marketing to utilise the system. Maximising on line learning for all remote staff stimulates a culture of self-development giving individuals the accountability and responsibility to broaden their skills set.

Life Science Access Academy training is topical and a good fit for the faced paced healthcare market.

Simon Warden, National Sales Manager

Frontier Medical Group

I have found the training via the Life Science Access Academy to be excellent and I know many of my colleagues have as well.

The content is always kept up to date and there is huge and interesting variety of topics covered. The site is curated in a way that makes it clear and easy to navigate. Also, the staff at Life Science access Academy are friendly and responsive and all the experts are always knowledgeable in their areas.

Richard Edmonds

Gedeon Richter Women's Health

The variety and relevancy of content brings value to many different roles across the healthcare industry.

I have also been overwhelmed by the way the Life Science Access Academy team have accommodated our own business needs, being sensitive yet responsive to helping us since its formation.

Robb Sayers, UK Capability Lead

ViiV Healthcare