Clinical senior lecturer and Honorary Treasurer of the Royal College of General Practitioners Helen Stokes-Lampard graduated from St George's in 1996. Here she talks to us about her jobs, some of the things she loves, some which she loves to hate and her memories of St George's.
What is your job title?
I am GP Principal, Honorary Treasurer of Royal College of General Practitioners and Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Clinical Sciences at the University of Birmingham.
What do you actually do?
One day a week I see my patients the rest of my time is divided between the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) HQ in London and Birmingham Medical School.
Where are you if you are not in your office/surgery/hospital?
When not at work I love the company of my husband, family and friends (so eating out and generally socialising), but also I do love my garden and my convertible car (when the weather permits).
Which living person do you most admire, and why?
This changes regularly, but at present it has to be the diminutive powerhouse that is Shami Chakrobarti (the Director of Liberty) an inspiring, fiercely intelligent, woman who has such passion and conviction in what she does.
What’s your favourite book/song/film?
I can’t decide sorry, I could never go on Dessert Island Discs as this changes every few months. Friends are often surprised that as well as appreciating the more refined things in life, I do love SciFi and Rock music.
What or who would you consign to room 101?
Those unable to work collaboratively to achieve the common goals of getting the best for our patients whilst retaining professional dignity for our workforce (So, I’m thinking of folk whose motivation is empire building at the expense of others, or inflicting non-evidence based strategies on the workforce for political point scoring).
What would your super power be?
Not needing to sleep! My days are never long enough so getting rid of the need for 7hrs decent sleep would be so liberating!
Who would play you in the film of your life story?
I cant possibly imagine a film of my life!
What is your favourite word?
Ridiculous (I have a soft welsh accent and apparently this is a very expressive word when I use it, particularly coupled with a single arched eyebrow, folded arms and a slow shake of the head).
How would you like to be remembered?
As someone who wanted to make a positive difference for patients and healthcare professionals.
What’s the most important lesson life has taught you?
Choose your battles carefully then put the bad stuff in a box and move on.
What is your favourite memory of St George's?
Has to be Friday nights in the bar with my best friends, although Grad Ball, RAG weeks, being part of the GMC and the parties in Halls come close second.
Are you still in touch with people you studied with?
Yes, absolutely, a significant number of them are still really important to me, and I’m Godmother to children of three special friends in particular!
How would you sum up your time at St George's in three words?
Inspiring, Stimulating and Exciting