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Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard

Chair of the Council,
Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)

Helen Stokes-Lampard is Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), the UK’s largest Medical Royal College, representing over 52,000 family doctors across the UK and internationally.  The Chair shapes policy and leads the strategy of the College, working with politicians, policy makers and the media to ensure that the ‘voice’ of general practice and GPs is understood and represented.   During her time as Chair she has had an exceptionally high profile and travelled extensively, building alliances and collaborating across the breadth of health and social care with the aim of improving the working life for GP’s and insuring the highest possible standards of care for all.   Helen was previously RCGP Honorary Treasurer (2012 - 2016), the first female to hold this position.  As Honorary Treasurer she had responsibility for all matters related to the College finances and assets including premises, IT and human resources.   She is a part-time GP partner at The Westgate Practice in Lichfield, Staffordshire, a friendly, dynamic group practice which she joined in 2002, having just completed her academic GP training in inner city Birmingham and at the Medical School in Birmingham University.   Helen is a Professor in the Medical School at University of Birmingham (Chair of undergraduate GP Education). She is fully seconded away from this whilst being RCGP Chair but was Head of Primary Care Teaching, having had a series of academic roles over the years, including being Clinical Director of an accredited trials unit and interim Head of Dept of Primary Care.   Prior to training as a GP, Helen worked in Obstetrics and Gynaecology for several years and this experience shaped her clinical and academic aspirations.  She was a personal mentor for doctors in difficulty in the Midlands until 2016, a scheme supported by the West Midlands Deanery and RCGP Midland Faculty.   She is naturally enthusiastic and dynamic with a sense of humour and plenty of pragmatism.

  • Assessing the progress of the GP Forward View and the developments we should expect in the future
  • Understanding the important part Primary Care Networks play in relieving pressures on urgent and emergency care departments, through providing greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated care
  • Ensuring patients are taking the correct pathway during treatment and care through integrated local urgent care services
  • Implementing the High Impact Change Model to allow self-assessment of local systems and to create a plan for action to help manage patient flow, discharge and reduce delays using multi-disciplinary and multi-agency discharge teams