Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard
Chair of Council for the Royal College of General Practitioners Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard is Chair of Council for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), the UK’s largest medical Royal College and represents over 52,000 doctors and is a practising General Practitioner (GP). Helen grew up in Swansea and was inspired by her father who was the first person in their family to go to university. He is also the inspiration behind Helen’s fascination with sci-fi films: he took Helen and her brother to the cinema when Star Wars was first released. He l e n q u a l i f i e d f r o m St. George’s Hospital Medical School in London in 1996. After completing her house jobs, she initially embarked on obstetrics and gynaecology training; an experience that has shaped her subsequent clinical and academic aspirations. Helen then contacted the West Midlands Deanery looking for a six-month placement in general practice, hoping to get a training number in public health. She spoke with Professor Steve Field, CBE, and now the Chief Inspector of General Practice, who persuaded Helen to try academic general practice. In what has been her best career move, Helen began working at the University of Birmingham’s Department of Primary Care as a GP registrar in 2000. Since that time, she has combined primary care with research and teaching and later gained a PhD in 2010. She is currently supervising both MSc and PhD students in the subjects of Women’s health issues in the primary care setting, cancer screening in primary care and contraception and STD screening in primary care. Helen has progressed through the ranks at the University of Birmingham where she holds multiple roles. She is the Interim Head of Department of Primary Care; the Head of Academic Community Based Medicine Teaching across the whole of the MBChB programme; and Head of the dynamic Academic GP Trainee programme. The latter is the largest in the UK with fifteen trainees currently in the programme. Until 2012 she was
also Clinical Director of the accredited Primary Care Trials Unit at Birmingham. In 2002, Helen joined the Cloisters Medical Practice in Lichfield, Staffordshire as GP Principal, where she continues her clinical duties one day a week. Between 2005-2012, she was Honorary Treasurer of the Midland Faculty of the RCGP and became the first female Honorary Treasurer of the RCGP in 2012, one of her proudest professional achievements. She holds numerous diverse roles outside the University including being a Mentor for ‘doctors in difficulty’ in the Midlands. Helen states that she has certainly learnt more from some of her ‘failures’ than from her overt successes. “When you are really being grounded down by something, put it in a metaphorical box, close the lid and push it to the back of your mind,” she says. Helen is Governor at the Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust and succeeded Maureen Baker as the Chair of the RCGP Council in November 2016. She was named at the top of a list of powerful GPs compiled by Pulse magazine in 2016 and strives to make a positive difference in general practice. * Favourite Music: Anything by Kathryn Jenkins * Three objects Helen cannot live without: Garden, Outdoor space, Time to get fresh air
Helen’s advice to junior doctors is “The best is yet to be: try and relax and enjoy the moment more and worry less about meticulous planning for the future as serendipity will play a larger part than you would like!”
Medical Woman | Spring 2017
Published on Apr 26, 2017
The magazine for the Medical Women’s Federation (MWF), the largest and most influential body of women doctors in the UK which aims to promot...