Sam Everington: Happiest on a Norwegian mountain farmBMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7387 (Published 03 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7387
Sam Everington is an extrovert GP in east London who believes that treating patients meets only some of their needs. His practice, to which countless pilgrims have beaten a path, provides advice on benefits, employment, arts, and gardening, among 100 different projects at a centre designed as a community hub. As a junior doctor he camped on the street outside the Royal London Hospital to draw attention to long working hours. He chairs the Tower Hamlets clinical commissioning group and is a believer in applied optimism, where every crisis is an opportunity. Everington is 57.
What was your earliest ambition?
To be a woodcarver in Norway. I was an apprentice for a few months.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
George Fielding, the chair of the Whizz-Kidz Ambassadors [a disabled children’s charity]; Ian Basnett, director of public health at Barts; all of the paralympians; and Aneez Esmail, with whom I worked to publish research on racial discrimination faced by doctors at all stages of their medical career. It all started when he told me about his parents …