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Top GP becomes vice-president of nursing charity


The Queen’s Nursing Institute has announced that distinguished GP Sir Sam Everington has been appointed as a vice-president of the charity for community nurses.

Sir Sam, a GP based in the East London, is a leading clinical innovator who has previously been an advisor to the Department of Health.

He is currently helping lead national work on primary care driven care models and service redesign for NHS England.

However, he made his name in the 1980s as a campaigner highlighting doctors’ long working hours, before helping uncover racial discrimination in the medical profession in the 1990s.

Dr Crystal Oldman, chief executive of the QNI, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sir Sam Everington as a vice-president of the QNI.

“He will bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge of primary care to the charity,” she said. “His track record as an innovator and problem-solver is one that fits particularly well with our own mission to drive innovation and continually improving practice in community nursing.”

She added: “We look forward to working with him and sharing new approaches to individual and population health, at this time of opportunity and challenge in the NHS.”

Sir Sam will be a keynote speaker at the QNI’s Healthcare in the Community conference taking place in London today, when he will speak about the Five-Year Forward View for NHS England.

Sir Sam Everington: Biography

Sam has been a GP in Tower Hamlets since 1989, is chair of Tower Hamlet’s clinical commissioning group.

He is part of the Bromley By Bow GP partnership, with over 100 projects under its roof supporting the wider determinants of health. He was one of the founders of THEDOC – Tower Hamlets GP Out of Hours Service.

Sam is a qualified Barrister, a member of British Medical Association’s council and also its vice president.

In 1999 he received an OBE for services to inner city primary care in 2006, The International Award of Excellence in Health Care and in 2015 a knighthood for services to primary care.

He is a director of Community Health Partnerships (NHS Lift). He has published a number of papers with Professor Aneez Esmail on discrimination in the NHS.

He is a trustee of the Kings Fund and fellow of Queen Mary University of London. He has previously been a member of General Medical Council council and acting chair of the BMA.


Readers' comments (2)

  • So... the Chief Executive and the Vice President of QNI are both Doctors. What is the ratio of doctors to nurses and other disciplines?

    If the nursing profession want to be heard, especially in matters of long term care which is becoming more and more important, they need to be on boards and leading not following those who have much less knowledge of long term care and often, if NHS management is anything to go by, do not bother themselves to find out how to give cost effective care to vulnerable people with long term / enduring health care needs.

    And this comes at a time when the Department of Health gets rid of nurse advisors. Not good enough!

    Sir Sam - I hope you will look into Namaste care, the Buurtzorg health care model, the reduction of avoidable deaths by sepsis (currently estimated at 10,000 per year) and the thinly covered harm that our elderly people suffer now in too many care homes for lack of humane attitude combined with training and common sense. There may also be need to take into account the problems experienced by pathologists and police forensics.

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  • Just for clarification, the Chief Executive of the QNI is not a medical doctor - Crystal Oldman is an academic doctor (PhD).

    Thanks for the suggestions though, I will pass those on to Crystal.

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