Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard
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. 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. Helen was previously RCGP Honorary Treasurer (2012-16), 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 Cloisters Medical 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. 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.
Helen was the Head of Primary Care Teaching (undergraduate) in the Medical School of the University of Birmingham until becoming RCGP Chair.
Her diverse research interests have spanned gynaecological cancer screening, all aspects of women's health, epidemiology and data linkage studies. The subject of her PhD was 'Variation in NHS Utilisation of Vault Cytology Tests in Women post-hysterectomy'. She was Clinical Director of the accredited Primary Care Trials Unit at Birmingham until July 2012 when she resigned to allow her time to concentrate on her RCGP roles. She was also Head of the dynamic Academic GP Trainees programme at Birmingham (including MOD, NIHR and locally funded academic GP trainees). She ran an MSc module in Community Gynaecology and taught communication skills and ethics.
She is naturally enthusiastic and dynamic with a sense of humour and plenty of pragmatism.
Professor Peter Horby
Peter is a public health physician and clinical academic who trained in adult medicine, infectious diseases and public health in the UK and Australia.
He previously held positions as International Research Fellow at the National Centre for Immunisation Research in Sydney; Consultant Epidemiologist with the UK Health Protection Agency; and Head of the Department of Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response in the Vietnam WHO Country Office. In early 2006 Peter established a Clinical Research Unit at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Hanoi, Vietnam and was the Unit Director until October 2011. Between 2011 and 2014 he split his time between research activities in Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Singapore. In August 2014 Peter returned to the UK where he has established the Epidemic Diseases Research Group at the Centre for Tropical Medicine in Oxford.
He has worked extensively in resource constrained settings and has led research on a wide range of emerging and epidemic infections, including variant CJD, SARS, H5N1, H7N9, dengue, rabies, cholera, measles, rubella, Streptococcus suis, Hand Foot and Mouth Disease, and Ebola.
Professor Sue Ziebland
Sue Ziebland is Professor of Medical Sociology and director of the Health Experiences Research Group, based in the Nuffield Department of Primary Health Care. She is also a senior research fellow at Green Templeton College and in 2013 she was appointed as an NIHR Senior Investigator
Sue’s background is in medical sociology, with increasing focus on qualitative research approaches. Sue has worked as a researcher in the academic, NHS and voluntary sectors and has published over 150 papers and chapters in social science and health publications. Sue was invited (by Ann McPherson) to be involved in the DIPEx (now Healthtalk ) project I n 1999 when it was still at the kitchen table stage. She spent a considerable (and perhaps not surprising) amount of 1999 getting the projects through a national research ethics committee and has worked closely with colleagues in HERG and in the DIPEx charity to develop the methods used in the projects and raise funding for the projects. Healthtalk has been emulated worldwide within the DIPEx International Collaboration, which currently includes Japan, Korea, Australia, Norway, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, Canada, Israel and USA.
Sue’s current research interests include how the internet is changing health care, through access to health information, through the opportunity to comment on services and how the web is changing patients relationships with health professionals, including how they consult with GPs. International work includes a comparative narrative interview study of help seeking and health system response in Sweden, Denmark and England and projects with the DIPEx International Collaboration.
Sue tweets as @sueziebland