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Jocelyn Cornwell: Innovative, sociable would-be foodie

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 10 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3079


Jocelyn Cornwell, 61, is founder and chief executive of the Point of Care Foundation. Trained as a sociologist, she found her views shaped not by the leaders of medicine but by empathy with patients. Her book Hard Earned Lives captures lay beliefs about health, illness, and medicine. She worked for the NHS in community health, for the Audit Commission and the Commission for Health Improvement, and then for the King’s Fund after putting forward a proposal in 2006 to improve patients’ experience of care, which led to the Point of Care Foundation being established.

What was your earliest ambition?

For my two older sisters to include me in their games—and in the plays they put on for my parents about girls who live at the bottom of wells, and such like. …

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