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Richard Fieldhouse: Sessional GP supporter

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 08 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3095


Richard Fieldhouse is a GP who champions the role of sessional GPs as a viable option for those who prefer practising medicine to wading through administration. He believes that the future of general practice depends on a symbiotic relationship between well organised groups of locums and established practices. In 1997 he founded the National Association of Sessional GPs (NASGP), which he still chairs, and which spawned the idea of a support system for locums. Convinced by the model, he and like-minded colleagues set up Pallant Medical Chambers in 2004. It functions as a “virtual practice” for its GPs, all working within a shared clinical governance framework and creating a supportive environment.

What was your earliest ambition?

The first one I remember was to own a sombrero. Everything else at the time was irrelevant. I was 5.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

My A level physics teacher, who said that I was too insular to become a doctor. I had to prove …

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