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CV ­ Dr David Colin-Thome

Dr Colin-Thome answers our questions

Dr Colin-Thome answers our questions

What/who made you decide to go into general practice?

My father was a GP and his work strongly influenced me in my formative years. I specialised for more than two years in paediatrics, but even in such a broad specialty I realised working as a GP in the community was for me. I would certainly do it again.What would you have done if you hadn't been a doctor?I have no idea, as I wanted to be a doctor from very early years. Despite my love of sport, I had no talent at all in that direction!

Who's your career role model/guru?

My most formative influences were Julian Tudor Hart, for his focus on how general practice could improve the public health of the registered population, and Geoffrey Marsh, for demonstrating the importance of team and practice management to ensure good care. I have since worked with many talented and energetic people in academic, clinical, managerial, policy and political areas.

What's your career high-point so far

?Being a GP in Runcorn is my high-point, although I have hugely liked my jobs at two regions, the Scottish Office and now at the Department of Health. The chance to still be a GP and yet help to influence NHS strategy is a fantastic experience.And the low-point?I have not had a very low point. The lowest was when I realised I did not enjoy hospital work that much.

Anything interesting on your surgery/office wall

?No ­ I am as interesting as Steve Davis the snooker player. As a part-time GP, I have given up a permanent room and have an open-plan desk at the department. I am not a big fan of having my own office.

What leisure interests do you/would you list on your Who's Who entry?

I love watching sport and am a devoted Everton supporter. I enjoy mild exercise and have eclectic tastes in music. I like reading, especially newspapers, and relax by watching films and certain programmes on TV. I will do more when I retire in 18 months time.

What's your fantasy career move?

As a child, I wanted to be a footballer, cricketer or rugby player. I have had no career fantasies since. Maybe I need to get out more!

David Colin-Thome is national clinical director for primary care and a part-time GP in Runcorn, Cheshire

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