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Jonty Heaversedge: Conscientious and a little narcissistic

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 13 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:h7015


Jonty Heaversedge, 44, is a GP in southeast London who sees patients, is a writer and broadcaster, and chairs the Southwark clinical commissioning group—a combination that should keep him busy. His television work includes programmes on smoking, organ donation, and healthy lifestyles, and he has a strong interest in mental health, backed by a degree in psychology and a masters in mental health. His book, The Mindful Manifesto, co-written with Ed Halliwell, brought the concept of mindfulness to a wider public and gained many endorsements from grateful readers. The Guardian found it “mercifully gibberish-free.”

What was your earliest ambition?

I’ve never really had any long term goals. We moved around a fair amount when I was young, and most of my focus was just on fitting in. So I wish I could say that I always had a burning ambition to expand the frontiers of medical science or alleviate the suffering of my fellow man, but in reality medicine was a vehicle to gain status and acceptance. As luck would have it, I later discovered that it’s also a career I love.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

Inspiration, my dad; motivation, my mum. They both sacrificed a huge amount so that I wouldn’t have to. Their generosity …

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