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Trevor Silver

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 10 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7233
  1. David Silver,
  2. Nicholas Silver

After house officer posts and a brief stint in the P&O, Trevor established an initial singlehanded practice in Mitcham. Throughout his career, he was interested in education and training. For many years, he was regional adviser to South West Thames Region British Postgraduate Medical Federation and held numerous important roles in the Royal College of General Practitioners, including chair and provost of the South West Thames Faculty. He chaired many management, education, and research committees, including the local division of the BMA and his regional health authority’s research committee. He was a GP adviser to the Arthritis and Rheumatism Council and a trainer to the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC). He contributed to original research on regional inequalities of GP training in inner city areas. Trevor took particular pleasure in his visiting professorship in primary care at Chapel Hill, North Carolina and in delivering an invited memorial lecture and being awarded the Sir David Bruce Medal at the RAMC.

After retiring from general practice, he remained extremely active both in education and in medicolegal practice. As an international development adviser to the RCGP, he was involved in establishing and accrediting World Health Organization GP training programmes in Kosovo. He travelled widely to deliver his highly regarded soft tissue and joint injection workshops, published a successful book on joint and soft tissue injections,1 and managed to complete the fifth edition during his final illness. Above all, he always found time for his patients, colleagues, friends, and family. He enjoyed music and sailing, and in his retirement he became an accomplished violin maker. He leaves a wife, Jill; four children; and nine grandchildren.


Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7233


  • Former general practitioner, Mitcham, Surrey (b 1927; q Durham 1949; DA(RCS), FRCGP, Fellow (Hon) BMA), d 22 June 2011.