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New RCGP chair tops list of most influential GPs in the UK

The incoming chair of the RCGP has topped Pulse’s Power 50 list after being praised for her ‘inspiring leadership’ and her ‘significant media impact’.

Birmingham GP Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard, who will take over from Dr Maureen Baker in November, joins GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul and chair of the House of Commons health committee Dr Sarah Wollaston in the top three most influential GPs in the UK.

In her first interview as chair-elect of the RCGP, Dr Stokes-Lampard told Pulse that GPs would see things improve in general practice over the course of her chairpersonship: ‘If we don’t, general practice as we know it won’t exist and the NHS as we know it will be fundamentally shaken,’ she said.

She added that her priorities will be to bed in the additional investment promised in the GP Forward View and encourage medical graduates to join the profession. ’I want to tell the next generation “don’t be distracted by the current crisis – it will pass”. The crisis is very deep and very dark, but I genuinely believe the pendulum is starting to swing back.’

The sixth annual list from Pulse garnered 1,000 nominations from Pulse readers, the highest ever number, which were then researched by the Pulse team and 50 names were selected.

Health Education England chief Dr Simon Gregory, responsible for delivering 5,000 additional GPs by 2020, is included in the list for the first time, as is NHS England medical director Dr Arvind Madan, the architect for the General Practice Forward View.

Other new faces include GP Survival chair Dr Susie Bayley, Lincolnshire LMC chair Dr Kieran Sharrock, who is developing a s to alleviate the recruitment crisis and new Londonwide LMCs medical secretary Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer, who gave a passionate speech supporting a ballot on industrial action earlier this year.

High risers in the list include Scottish GPC chair Dr Alan McDevitt, who is leading negotiations on a new contract, and Dr Zoe Norris, Pulse columnist and the new GPC lead for sessional GPs.

In addition to the Power 50 list, Pulse has selected 10 rising stars in the profession and 10 local GP heroes, nominated for making a real difference in their communities.

Readers' comments (10)

  • "The crisis is very deep and very dark, but I genuinely believe the pendulum is starting to swing back."

    Isn't this the equivalent of tripping over the starting line at the beginning of a race...?

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  • How exciting..I must admit I was so excited about the headline I didn't go on to read the article

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  • The profession needs something...blind faith and hope is all that is left.

    Best of luck to her.

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  • Wake up before its too late.

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  • When soldiers fought wars the population needed to supply fit fighting men for slaughter.

    Now drones do it why bother spending on 'health' when farming the populace is more profitable?

    Just need to get rid of the wretched doctor class who are getting in the way with their intelligent insight, compassion and care for suffering fellows (what we call stupid bigoted pleby sheeple).

    Can't be arsed to wait for them to die out naturally so jeremy hunt them like the Bison on the American plains...ooops if TTIC is going tits up, EU is going tits up, ditto Asia,economy, and with Brexit- we will all wish there were Bison skins left to wear to keep us warm this winter....or next, and doctors to heal us, those of us super special parliamentarians and bankers who are left over, of course!

    'Where have all our slaves gone?' will be our rallying cry, as we gloat over our inedible profits!

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  • influential not inspiring, forward thinking or people you'd want to have a beer with. How many see patients more than 2 sessions per week? How many have got a spine to actually stand up in public and tell Hunt, his press lap dogs et al to bog off and explain clearly why to the public?

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  • Anonymous | GP Partner01 Sep 2016 11:20am

    So very true! Sadly he does not...

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  • More useless rhetoric from what's sure to be another useless chair person

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  • RCGP leader clone alert.

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  • Pulse have adopted Chinese media tactics, removing critical comments.

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