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47. Dr Sam Everington

GP with strategic influence

Dr Sam Everington has more jobs than any regular individual will have in their lifetime, so it is little wonder he is able to exert some considerable influence.

The former national adviser on NHS England’s new general practice models of care now provides clinical leadership for the East London sustainability and transformation programme, while also holding the post of clinical lead at NHS Tower Hamlets CCG.

The half-Norwegian former barrister is also a champion for GP social prescribing, which he is working to spread across the UK and internationally. This year, he has hosted visits from health leaders of 23 nations as part of this endeavour.

He has also been pushing for newly qualified doctors to spend five years training in general practice and has persuaded NHS Digital leaders to set up a new service ensuring patients’ referrals are triaged correctly in complex cases.

The new Referral Assessment Service is aimed at situations where it is unclear whether a patient needs a consultant appointment or a diagnostic test. Dr Everington says it will ‘transform the care and experience of patients referred to outpatients’.

His work to transform outpatients will continue in the coming year, he says. He is working towards a bid to ‘reduce the need for patients to travel to hospital by 50%’ by bringing together immediate specialist advice and modern technologies ‘we use and take for granted in our private lives’.

He is also pushing for the right for junior doctors to train as GPs in one practice, close to ‘their families and roots’, rather than facing what he calls the ‘cruel’ system in which they can ‘potentially be allocated anywhere in the country by a computer’.

Why influential: Has lots of fingers in all types of pies

What others say: ‘Passionate, tenacious, nearly always positive’

Random fact: Used to do some embroidery in his spare time

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  • I cannot agree with the idea of a neutral stance on assisted dying from the college. I refuse to believe that we should enable people to die because they wish to or others feel they wish to, neither do I mean to officiously prolong pointless active therapy. I have been qualified for 41 years and my soul aim has been to do no harm at least. One cannot actively engage in another's death.

    The abortion law came into being to prevent 400 illegal abortions per annum in the UK, there are now 200,000 abortions of (mostly) healthy normal babies, a slippery slope. There could be dire consequences for many vulnerable, elderly and terminally ill patients if there is a change in law.
    The college, in my view,should uphold our enshrined duties of care and stand against this, 1.e.not be neutral to enable a change in the law to be passed. We, as medics, are safeguarded by the fact of the law being clearly against such practice currently.
    If ending of life is the aim why should anyone ask a healer to do it?
    These are my personal views.

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