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Helen Stokes-Lampard: GPs’ new chair and champion

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 16 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6089


Helen Stokes-Lampard, 46, becomes chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners this week, succeeding Maureen Baker. Currently a GP partner at the Cloisters Medical Practice in Lichfield, she qualified at St George’s Hospital Medical School in London and has combined primary care with research and teaching at the University of Birmingham since 2000. She was clinical director of the Primary Care Trials Unit until 2012 and then head of undergraduate GP teaching, and she has been a mentor for doctors in difficulties in the Midlands. She believes that funding for core general practice should increase to 11% of the NHS budget to avert the collapse of primary care and that, if general practice thrives, the NHS can survive.

What was your earliest ambition?

To beat my dad, at anything.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

My dad. He was the first from our family to go to university, his integrity and his values driven ethos have underpinned everything he’s done, and he always encouraged me to be the best that I could be while being true to myself.

What was the worst mistake in your career?

I don’t believe that I’ve made mistakes per se, but I’ve certainly changed direction and moved sideways a few times, and everything I’ve done has …

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