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Carolyn C-G picCarolyn Chew-Graham is Professor of General Practice Research and  Director of Clinical Academic Training at Keele University, UK. She is a keynote speaker at this year's SAPC conference in Oxford.


So, how did I come to be giving the 2nd Helen Lester Memorial Lecture? I had planned to go to the annual scientific meeting of SAPC (Society for Academic Primary Care) in Oxford, in July, to meet friends and colleagues, give an ‘elevator pitch’ and support my daughter, Anna, presenting a poster.

Somehow, Christian Mallen and Joanne Reeve (who are academic general practitioners - GPs - and the Secretary and Chair of the SAPC Executive, respectively) twisted my arm and I find myself awake in the night wondering what I will say.

Helen and I had worked together, from 2016-12, when Helen was Professor of Primary Care at the University of Manchester. Helen was also a GP in Birmingham….but she had so many other roles.

‘Ask other people for content’, I thought. So I did. ...continue reading