The future of General Practice: Opportunities, challenges and leadership with patients as our focus

This lecture is organised by Diana Wood, Clinical Dean at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine and Dr John Benson at the General Practice Education Group, Primary Care Unit, to celebrate primary care teaching in Cambridge and to focus on GP as a career and on academic primary care. 

Introduced by Professor Simon Griffin, Professor of General Practice at the Primary Care Unit, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge.


17:30 Career Forum: this is a drop in opportunity to meet experts. Topics will include 

  • Build your academic/clinical career: meet recent academic clinical fellows
  • Thinking about a portfolio career? learn how to develop your options
  • Career paths into GP and academic primary care: support from Health Education England
  • Meet early career GPs who can tell you what it's really like
  • Join your student GP Soc and the Royal College of GPs

18:00 Lecture followed by Q and A session

19:00 Reception for all with drinks and nibbles and further opportunity to meet our career experts

About Helen Stokes-Lampard

Helen Stokes-Lampard is Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), the UK’s largest medical Royal College, representing over 52,000 family doctors across the UK. The Chair shapes policy and leads the strategy of the College, working with politicians, policy makers and the media to ensure that the ‘voice’ of general practice and GPs is understood and represented. 

Helen was previously RCGP Honorary Treasurer (2012-16), the first female to hold this position. As Honorary Treasurer she had responsibility for all matters related to the College finances and assets including premises, IT and human resources. 

She is a part-time GP partner at The Cloisters Medical Practice in Lichfield, Staffordshire, a friendly, dynamic group practice which she joined in 2002, having just completed her academic GP training in inner city Birmingham and at the Medical School in Birmingham University. 

Prior to training as a GP, Helen worked in Obstetrics and Gynaecology for several years and this experience shaped her clinical and academic aspirations. She was a personal mentor for doctors in difficulty in the Midlands until 2016, a scheme supported by the West Midlands Deanery and RCGP Midland Faculty.

Helen was the Head of Primary Care Teaching (undergraduate) in the Medical School of the University of Birmingham until becoming RCGP Chair. 

Her diverse research interests have spanned gynaecological cancer screening, all aspects of women's health, epidemiology and data linkage studies. The subject of her PhD was 'Variation in NHS Utilisation of Vault Cytology Tests in Women post-hysterectomy'.

She was Clinical Director of the accredited Primary Care Trials Unit at Birmingham until July 2012 when she resigned to allow her time to concentrate on her RCGP roles. She was also Head of the dynamic Academic GP Trainees programme at Birmingham (including MOD, NIHR and locally funded academic GP trainees). She ran an MSc module in Community Gynaecology and taught communication skills and ethics.

The future of General Practice: Opportunities, challenges and leadership with patients as our focus
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