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Clare Taylor: Ten minutes is not enough

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 14 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3719


Clare Taylor, 36, is a GP in Birmingham, who divides her time between general practice and research into cardiovascular disease at the university. A self confessed swot at school, she read medicine at Cambridge and moved to Birmingham in 2007 to an academic general practice training post. A member of the Royal College of General Practitioners’ (RCGP) council, she believes that general practice is enhanced by research and finds patients understanding and supportive of her academic endeavours. She has published papers on heart failure and co-written a book on the treatment of cardiovascular disease in primary care.

What was your earliest ambition?

To go to Cambridge; we had relatives who lived near there, and I loved the place. I didn’t care what subject I read.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

So many people! Kevin Walsh, a calm and thorough general physician; Claire Nicholl, a wonderful, committed geriatrician who showed me the value of providing excellent generalist care to older people; Howard Sheriff, an A&E consultant who saw leadership qualities in me that I didn’t recognise myself; Richard Hobbs, an inspiring academic GP and valued mentor; and, perhaps more importantly, the many patients who have taught me a lot about life, human suffering, and the bravery and determination that comes with fighting and accepting illness.

What was the worst mistake in your career?

The biggest mistake would have been not to choose medicine, …

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