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Dr Judith Holmes

When Covid-19 hit Birmingham and Solihull, the CCG set up an area-wide drive-in hot hub at the National Exhibition Centre. Dr Holmes soon emerged as a leader, says Dr Fay Wilson, CEO of the Badger out-of-hours co-op. She stepped up as clinical lead, seeing the team through relocation and induction, overseeing everything from PPE to patient surveys and portaloos. She used her sons’ toys to demonstrate patient flows and redesign the pathway to work entirely from portacabins in a car park. ‘Judith doesn’t do politics, management or all that. She’s a natural leader who gets the job done and gives others the credit. She is a true hero of the pandemic,’ says Dr Wilson.