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Nick Harding: Happiest working for health in Malawi

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 17 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4445


Nick Harding is a modern day Dr Finlay, a GP whose career encompasses every desirable quality in current primary care. He was instrumental in setting up one of the first “superpractices” in Birmingham, which has almost 100 000 patients and is a vanguard project for NHS England. He chairs Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, ranks 47th in the Health Service Journal’s list of the 100 most influential people in the NHS, and has an honorary professorship from Aston University for his work in establishing its new medical school. But he doesn’t wear a three piece suit in thorn-proof tweed, and his black bag is filled with meeting papers and a laptop alongside his stethoscope.

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