“If you want a career right at the centre of medicine and of humanity, you can’t make a better choice than GP,” said Professor David Haslam, who visited the Clinical School on 6th March to give the Annual GP Lecture, organised by the General Practice Education Group.
Professor Haslam discussed the unpredictable but transformative influences of new technology on healthcare and the challenges faced by GPs, saying that humanity will always have a central place in effective medical care and in general practice. He emphasised that his career path unfolded as a series of new opportunities, rather than as a pre-set plan. After 36 years as a GP in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire and a series of high profile leadership roles and awards, he was headhunted to apply for his current role leading NICE, the National Institute of Clinical Excellence. Though daunted, he explained that he thought to himself: “Who better than a GP – an expert generalist – to oversee the organisation whose influence reaches across the whole healthcare system?”.
Afterwards, Professor Haslam met students to talk about life as a GP and the opportunities to develop clinical interests and a varied career path. He also met the Cambridge GP Society to hear about their Inaugural Symposium.
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Top image: Regius Professor Patrick Maxwell, Ann Louise Kinmonth, founder of the Primary Care Unit, with Professor Haslam
Images: Perry Hastings
Media and information: Lucy Lloyd. Email Lucy to request a copy of Professor Haslam’s slides