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Role model: Alex Ball

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 23 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m915
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London, UK

The rehabilitation medicine consultant tells Adrian O’Dowd why it’s important to help younger doctors navigate the NHS and thrive as clinicians

Alex Ball, consultant and clinical lead in rehabilitation medicine at Haywood Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent, is a passionate teacher who finds tailored solutions to patients’ problems.

She qualified from Birmingham University Medical School in 1994 and enjoyed emergency medicine, geriatrics, and psychiatry as a junior doctor. But, by chance, she ended up choosing a different path.

“I took some time out to do informal work as a locum for a couple of months and I was lucky enough to secure a senior house officer position in a brain injury rehab unit in Birmingham,” she explains. “It opened my eyes to this wonderful specialty called rehabilitation medicine. I met my role model and consultant mentor there and …

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