Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard qualified in Medicine from St George’s in 1996. Having initially contemplated a career in obstetrics and gynaecology, she undertook a conversion to academic primary care and joined the University of Birmingham in 2000 as an academic GP registrar. Having successfully completed her GP training, she took up the offer of a post as a part-time principal at The Cloisters Medical Practice immediately after qualifying. At the same time, she started at the University of Birmingham as an academic fellow.
Helen is Vice Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and a part-time GP Partner in a large General Medical Services (GMS) practice, as well as a Professor at Birmingham University Medical School and visiting Chair at St George’s, University of London.
Research and leadership
Helen has had a broad academic career; she has a PhD in Epidemiology and has led a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)-accredited clinical research unit. She has also acted as interim Head of department and Head of GP Training at the University of Birmingham. Helen has led on a number reports, including stating a new ‘Vision for the Future of General Practice’, and her personal research programme led to a substantive change in the national cervical cancer screening programme. In 2017, Helen was awarded a Clinical Excellence Bronze Award.
Helen has undertaken a number of national positions of responsibility, including the National Exceptional Pressures Panel and the NHS England Assembly. She was elected Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2016 and continues in that role today, serving as one of the most influential General Practitioners in the UK. In her role as Chair, Helen has achieved notable success in rebuilding high level alliances (with Care Quality Commission, General Medical Council, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges), as well as nurturing others, positively influencing policy around the NHS Long Term Plan and subsequent GP Contract in England.
Helen enjoys public speaking, having spoken at over 200 events to date, including public lectures, conference plenaries and panel debates. She has also made over 300 broadcast media appearances, including multiple appearances on the BBC.