Career Focus


BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 04 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:S3a-7150
  • Doctors did well in the recent honours list, and this may be the summit of a career for some. Which should you aim for? A quick glance at the list suggests that knighthoods are for BMA luminaries or well known professors, for example, Dr Sandy Macara or Imperial's Professor Brian Jarman (though he has been informally known as “Lord Jarman of the Index” for years), while OBEs and MBEs are for doctors of local eminence. It was an innovation of the Major administration to allow nominations from the general public; the address to post in the waiting area is:

    The Nominations Unit, Cabinet Office, Ashley House, 2 Monk Street, London SW1P 2BQ.

  • Last week's GP Tomorrow colloquium brought together academics, general practitioners, and managers to discuss the future of careers in general practice, and to launch the book of the same name. Workable solutions to enhance recruitment and retention are springing up. Former NHS Human Resources Director Mr Ken Jarrold made the business case for attracting generation X: “Though the NHS has many virtues, overendowment with imagination and flexibility are not among them.” “No one told us to make these rigid structures,” said Professor Patrick Pietroni, “so the solutions are in the profession's hands.”

  • Two new appointments at the Royal College of Surgeons of England: a flexible training adviser, Miss Su-Anna Body, who is a part time consultant paediatric surgeon, and a careers adviser, Mr Robin Hughes, a consultant surgeon, who will co-ordinate the college's information and advice on careers.

Contact the college on 0171 312 6657 or by emailing careers{at}

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