43. Dr Helen Stokes Lampard
The leading example
Dr Helen Stokes Lampard has jumped from last year’s rising stars list to secure a spot in our Top 50. The RCGP’s first female treasurer is a partner at her practice in Lichfield, Staffordshire, and a senior lecturer at Birmingham Medical School.
She was singled out by our panel for the efficiency with which she juggles her clinical, political and academic roles, and how she sets a ‘really positive’ example to younger GPs.
One of her first tasks at the RCGP was to deal with a staffing restructure and she is all too aware of the hard choices that financial constraints are putting the profession in. This year has also seen her having to defend the cost of the College’s exam fees following complaints from trainee groups.
What is urgently needed, she says, is to increase funding of general practice to 11% of the NHS budget to save it from the ‘brink of collapse’.