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John Oldham: Hates the “jobsworth” mindset

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6956 (Published 19 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6956

Biography

John Oldham has for more than 20 years been the go-to man for large scale change and new approaches to improving primary care. For 30 years a GP in Glossop, Derbyshire, he also headed the National Primary Care Development Team from 2000 to 2006 and in 2013 was asked by the Labour Party to carry out an independent review of how best to integrate care, called One Person One Team One System. He enjoys the blues—music, not mood—and is an unlikely fan of David Bowie, tweeting enthusiastically about his recent comeback record.

What was your earliest ambition?

To become a steam engine driver—an ambition that I realised earlier this year on an excellent course at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

My father, who saw the best in people, tried to bring the best out of them, and was always optimistic about …

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