Sad to see the last chat cancelled. It's been a very different experience in I'm a Medic this time around, but thankyou to all the students who've asked questions, it's been a really welcome part of my day. Keep safe and enjoy the summer, all the best to the winners, I'll be off on holiday from tomorrow! I'm a Medic: Now I'm Outta Here!!!
St Thomas More RC Comprehensive 1990-97, (not a well known school for sending people to University or MedSchool…) University of Birmingham 1997-2002.
10 GCSEs 4 A Levels (Physics Chemistry Biology Maths)
Degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) 2002,
Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (DRCOG) 2003
Membership of the Royal College of General Practititioners (MRCGP) 2007,
Postgraduate Certificate of Medical Education (PCME) 2010
Fellowship of RCGP (FRCGP) 2017
I’m a Medic Get Me Out of Here Winner 2018
Sandwell Hospital, Princess Royal Hospital (Telford) Russells Hall Hospital (Dudley) Compton Hospice (Wolverhampton) and my current practice- worked here for 15 years this year.
GP Partner, Training Programme Director, Midland Faculty Vice Chair.
I run our practice with my partners, and we see NHS patients with a contract held by Sandwell & West Birmingham CCG
I’m employed by Health Education England working as a Training Programme Director.
I’ve published illustrations in 2 books, 2 journals and created videos and poems about the brilliant things in General Practice. I love my job.
I’m a GP that teaches GPs how to train new GPs, and I write poems drawings and songs about how great General Practice is!
My pronouns are
My Typical Day:
Tutorial with trainee, seeing patients in the surgery or in the local nursing home, letters and prescriptions then home to play with Danny and pick up Alex from school; back in for evening surgery later.
I start a day with a tutorial with my trainee, looking at his videos of consultations and making suggestions as to how things could be improved, then I see my own patients in the surgery or in the local nursing home, followed by admin and prescriptions which are mostly done online, then home to play with Danny and pick up Alex from school; back in for evening surgery later which finishes about 6:30 to 7 in the evening.
On Wednesdays I’m not in surgery and go through my trainee’s eportfolio where he writes a diary of his recent learning for me to make helpful comments.
Spending the Prize Money:
Same as I did with previous prizes I’ve won- put it back into more resources promoting General Practice! See the links below…
Quick Fire Questions
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Creative, Enthusiastic, Compassionate.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Beatles, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie and most things from the early 80s.
Modern artists love the Weeknd
What's your favourite food?
Duck. I also make a great lasagne!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Indoor skydiving (in a wind tunnel) and singing on the Radio (Merseyside) with my brother.
2021 Update: Most fun thing: I’m a Medic Get Me Out of Here, March 2018. 🙂
What did you want to be after you left school?
I didn’t really have a clear idea, went for Medicine as it would leave alot of doors open for me to choose something I’d like to do.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I did smash the window with a football and turned round to see the Head and Deputy standing behind me. Awkward.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Making a difference in each consultation (the best feeling is when what you say and how you say it is the best treatment, rather than a tablet or a referral), and making our practice website, now through 63,000 hits, with our award-winning advice clip for spotting signs of serious illness in children.
2021 update: Website now through 136,000 hits.
Also since last time I’ve made a few videos on what General Practice is about- using #GPKipling I rewrote Kipling’s ‘If’ poem about being a GP, and it was picked up and used to launch the national GP Conference in Liverpool in 2019. I was there and honestly I was bricking it- 1600 other GPs watched it on the bigscreen in the auditorium and gave it a round of applause! Phew!!
A great thing most GPs have done since the start of COVID is getting stuck into vaccinating all who will accept the vaccine- it’s been the biggest ever vaccine programme in British history and three quarters of the vaccines given have been by staff that work in GP surgeries. Literally lifesaving work.
What or who inspired you to do your job?
It just seemed like such an interesting job, to explore symptoms and work out what’s going on. Both my parents were social workers and they split up before my GCSEs, so going into medicine wasn’t something that was always going to happen. I think that because it wasn’t forced on me as a career means that my enthusiasm remains strong and I feel a sense of real privilege that I’m able to do a job I chose to do. I remember at a school presentation evening the speaker said “If you reach for the top of the tree, you won’t get off the ground, but if you reach for the stars, you might get to the top of the tree” That struck a chord with me. Dream big, and go for it. Young people are amazing.
If you weren't in healthcare, what job would you do?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I wish I could help people understand what value patients place on their Doctor.
I wish I can always keep the balance right between doing things that give me energy and avoiding burning out.
I wish for my boys to grow up with confidence and happiness and do what they dream of.
Tell us a joke.
I tried to sit my Latin GCSE in an elevator. It was wrong on so many levels.