CV: Dr Sam Everington
What/who made you decide to go into general practice?
The GPs in Tower Hamlets, who were doing some really inspirational work.
What would you have done if you hadn't been a doctor?
I qualified originally as a barrister and have been a welder in a shipbuilding yard and a cadet pilot in the RAF. I might have ended up doing any of those.
Who's your career role model/guru?
My senior GP partner, but she would be very embarrassed if I mentioned her name.
What's your career high-point so far?
Working with a fantastic team, in a healthy living centre, which includes artists, community care workers and patients.
And the low-point?
It was a low point but turned out very quickly to be a high point: not being selected to run for a parliamentary seat.
Anything interesting on your surgery/office wall?
A picture from Pulse of one of the practice staff away-days, to Jersey. I've also got a sculpture by one of our artists who breaks up old typewriters and printers and turns them into amazing sculptures, and a piece by our practice nurse, who is also our resident artist.
What leisure interests do you/ would you list on your Who's Who entry?
Norway; ice skating I can skate backwards; Arsenal love your children, love their football team.
What's your fantasy career move?
To be an architect I have built two log cabins in Norway, restored a derelict folly in Scotland and just finished restoring a derelict building in Turkey. My next project is with my six brothers and sisters to build a log cabin on my grandfather's farm in Norway.
What's your greatest mistake in your career so far?
Not becoming a doctor earlier.
Sam Everington is deputy chair of the BMA council and co-chairs its equal opportunities committee; he is a GP at a Government-acclaimed healthy living centre in Tower Hamlets and was also a commissioner for the Commission for Health Improvement and an adviser to a Labour shadow cabinet in the early 1990s he is a non-practising barrister