SK pic What role(s) do you hold at the moment? I was a GP partner in Nottingham for the last 8 years and finally decided to call time on the long-distance relationship with my husband and is a surgeon so I moved to London in January. I am now a salaried GP in London whilst I continue my role as GP retention lead for Nottingham & Nottinghamshire ICS.

What brings you most joy at work? Being a care home GP bought me most joy at work. Whilst in Nottingham I had the responsibility of looking after the residents in a 64 bed residential care home. I cherished the time with the patients, care home staff and multidisciplinary team. 

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Ami 300x300What role(s) do you hold at the moment? I am currently a Portfolio GP, so I have a few hats! I am a locum GP and am putting my time management and organisational skills to the test by multi-tasking and ensuring that I am a ‘present’ mum. I am enthusiastic about ‘paying it forward’ to the next generation of medics and pursue this through a role in medical education as a facilitator at GKT medical school. I am passionate about supporting peers through my roles on the local LMC and co-Lead the London Next Generation GP Programme.

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What role(s) do you hold at the moment? Deputy Medical Director, Primary and Integrated Care, Health Education England; Sessional GP, King Edward Road Surgery, Northampton; RCGP Council Trustee and Chair of Committee on Medical Ethics.


What brings you the most joy at work? Interactions with others, whether that is patients, staff colleagues or trainees. I love helping people to be the best that they can be.

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 What role(s) do you hold at the moment? Just the two, and that feels like plenty at the moment. I’m first and foremost a GP. I also lead a regional quality improvement team. Since the pandemic, I’ve been doing whatever needs doing though – including 111 telephone triage and now working in a primary care ‘hot service’, seeing and assessing patients with suspected covid-19.

What brings you the most joy at work? I get most joy in being part of a brilliant team. I’ve always been lucky to have colleagues that I can learn from and be inspired by.

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What role(s) do you hold at the moment?  Deputy Medical Director of Primary Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement, GP partner in The Brooke Surgery, Hyde, Greater Manchester. Member of General Medical Council (GMC), Member of BBC Children in Need Committee for the North.

What brings you the most joy at work? Being retirement age - allows me to say what I think and make “career limiting” comments without worrying.

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 Duncan Shrewsbury 450x450What role(s) do you hold at the moment? I am a GP in a rural practice in Wiltshire, Clinical Leadership Fellow at Wessex LMCs, Clinical Lead for a diabetes transformation project across Wessex, palliative care GP doc for weekend cover at a hospice and part time primary school teacher while schools are closed!

What brings you the most joy at work? Working and connecting with people – be that friends, colleagues or patients.

What is your biggest challenge? Usually juggling everything, I am a person who is always looking for opportunities and doesn’t say no to anything so my diary can get a bit hectic...

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 Duncan Shrewsbury 450x450What role(s) do you hold at the moment? I am now working as an academic GP - so I run the Clinical Practice component of the BSMS undergraduate course as one of their senior lecturers, and spend 2 days a week in clinical practice.Just back in December I changed jobs, stepping down from my role as Local Medical Director – which was hard to do, but absolutely the right decision: I have since joined a small family practice, and feel right at home.

What brings you the most joy at work? The balance of the two different aspects of my working week keep me on my toes and ensure that I never get bored of either. The best bits in GP are when I feel like I have made a difference to someone...sometimes that can be from being clever (or more likely lucky) with a diagnosis, sometimes (more often) it can come from just being, on ‘their side’ and listening.The university work is challenging and keeps me learning about leading growing and dynamic teams, especially in light of shifting sands, pressures and goal posts (having to re-write an entire term of teaching to work virtually in just a couple of weeks, with no access to the usual university resources, is just one such challenge)!

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 samWhat is your biggest challenge?

Turning my ideas into reality. I have no problem coming up with research ideas, orways in which I could lead meaningful change in the system, but I struggle withconverting these ideas into action. Some of this is due to lack of funding or time, andsometimes it’s just not knowing where or how to start. But it’s something I amworking on….

What’s the best leadership/career advice you’ve ever received?

That’s a difficult one. I find it difficult to pick out single pieces of advice, they all gointo the mix and get mulled over in due course. But I know a lot of people worryabout imposter syndrome and I remember someone pointing out that if you’re in aroom, at a table, or involved in a discussion, whatever the forum, you are there for areason. Someone has invited you to contribute. Someone else values what you have to say, so just say it. You may feel that your contributions are naïve or simple, butthat’s your own ideas come easily to you – others are likely to value your contributions more highly.

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Rachel SteenWhat role(s) do you hold at the moment?

I’m Rachel and I am a GP ST3 in Sheffield.

I do a number of things alongside clinical work. I run the Trailblazer GP scheme, supporting GPs working in areas of deprivation across Yorkshire and Humber; I sit on the RCGP Health Inequalities Standing Group; and I’m also part of a group of GPs who have created a website called fairhealth. Fairhealth is a website which provides an educational resource for health professionals on health equity. As part of this online resource, I have been developing a podcast (Finding fairhealth) interviewing experienced colleagues sharing some inspirational and interesting stories on some of the challenges and solutions to tackling health inequity.

I also tweet about health inequity so do get in touch @rmsteen

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