Dr Michael Dixon LVO, OBE, MA FRCGP
Michael is a Devon GP and Co-Chair of the National Social Prescribing Network. He has held numerous national leadership roles including:- The first Chair of NHS Alliance (1998-2016), President of NHS Clinical Commissioners and as a leader within the GP/clinical commissioning movement. He is currently Chair of the College of Medicine, Chair of The Institute for Social Prescription and Medical Advisor to HRH The Prince of Wales. He is Visiting Professor at University College London and at the University of Westminster, a Senior Fellow in Public Policy (University of Birmingham) and an Honorary Senior Lecturer (Peninsula Medical School Exeter). He is author of “Time to Heal” Unicorn Press Nov. 2020.
Dr Elizabeth Thompson
Elizabeth is Lead Clinician for the new Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine, a not for profit organisation created to support a movement for change towards a broader range of holistic and lifestyle approaches to support health and well being in mainstream healthcare. Prior to this she was an NHS consultant for 15 years having trained in Palliative Care. She has a DM thesis from Oxford University and a research interest in the use of complementary therapies for symptom control across a range of long term conditions. She has been strategic lead for the development of the Bristol Kitchen on Prescription Alliance and a feasibility study to investigate KOP for childhood obesity.
Eleanor is currently a foundation year 1 doctor at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, on an Academic Management and Leadership training programme. Eleanor graduated from the University of Birmingham in July 2015 with two distinctions and a Wellcome Trust INSPIRE Prize in Research. During her time at Birmingham she also undertook an intercalated BMedSc degree in Public Health (2012). She is passionate about research which she has undertaken in the UK and abroad, and has a strong interest in multi-disciplinary work.
David Peters is Clinical Director in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Westminster and leads the Westminster Centre for Resilience. He has been a GP, a GP trainer and trained as an osteopath. From 1990 until 2005 he directed the complementary therapies programme at Marylebone NHS Health Centre. He has led on a series of projects delivering non-drug treatments in the NHS, the most recent being the Atlas Men’s Mental Wellbeing Project.
Debbie was appointed to the Foundation Chair of Primary Health Care at the University of Bristol in 1994 and spent nearly 20 years developing what has become one of the foremost academic departments of primary care in the UK. She has had many national roles in academic medicine including membership of GMC council, GMC education committee, many NIHR and MRC grant bodies and the original ‘Walport’ Committee. She has undertaken several major research studies in the field of CAM and is currently undertaking a DH funded scoping review looking at the potential of an integrative medicine approach for patients with multimorbidity in primary care
James is a GP in Padiham, near Burnley. His social enterprise, ‘The Green Dreams Project’, exists to make ideas in healthcare become reality, something it has been doing on a fairly large scale for 6 years. He is committed to equality of opportunity in health and social care, and to providing solutions for those patient who existing agencies are unable to help.He really likes being a GP and is very committed to the town in which he works’.
Sam has been a GP in Tower Hamlets since 1989, is chair of Tower Hamlet’s CCG and a Board member of NHSCC. He is part of the Bromley By Bow GP partnership, with over 100 projects under its roof supporting the wider determinants of health. Sam is a qualified Barrister. 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 has published a number of papers with Professor Aneez Esmail on discrimination in the NHS. He is a trained woodcarver, welder and Day skipper and speaks Norwegian. Sam is also Vice Chair for the College of Medicine.
Dr Amit Bhargava, Council Member and Medical Director for AYUSH Collaboration projects, College of Medicine
Amit is GP Senior Partner at Southgate Medical Group in Crawley and Member of the Council of College of Medicine. He has had many clinical leadership roles since 1999 which include at national, regional and local level, their purpose was to drive improvement through transformation of individual and population health and wellness, input into developing health policies and championing salutogensis and supported selfcare. His passion is creating collaborations and partnerships that will have a positive impact in improving the health and social capital and resilience of individuals in communities, especially for the most vulnerable and dispossessed. He feels strongly that the solutions for sustainable health and care systems lies in integrated community based delivery with a strong supported primary care, working towards creating self-healing communities where individuals having a strong voice and input in their health and wellness.
Donna is a Non-executive Director at East London Foundation Trust. She was the General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) until June 2021.She was responsible for delivering the RCN’s strategic and operational plans and promoting patient and nursing interests on a wide range of issues. Donna held various roles, prior to joining the RCN, including clinical director of emergency medicine at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust; Executive Director of Nursing, Southeast London Cluster Board; Director of Commissioning, London Borough of Southwark & Southwark PCT. She was the Strategic Commissioner for Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Health Authority’s Children’s Services. Donna advised the PM’s Commission on the future of Nursing and Midwifery in 2010 and served as nurse/child health assessor to the Victoria Climbié Inquiry.
Simon Y. Mills MA FCPP FNIMH
Simon Mills is a University of Cambridge medical sciences graduate who has been a herbal practitioner in Exeter UK since 1977. Among many accomplishments he co-founded the world’s first University centre for studying complementary health at Exeter, was Special Adviser to the House of Lords report on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and coordinated a national Department of Health project ‘Integrated Self Care in Family Practice’ which pioneered many of the elements of ‘social prescription’. He is an acknowledged and widely published authority on herbal medicine and since 2016 has been Herbal Strategist at Pukka Herbs. He is Self Care Lead at the College of Medicine.
Fiona has been a GP principal in a large training practice in West London for over 15 years. Her roles include Chair of West London Clinical Commissioning Group which covers the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and Queen’s Park and Paddington area of Westminster City Council. Fiona also works across the system chairing the multi-agency North West London Mental Health & Wellbeing Transformation Board,and she is a member of the NHS CC Mental Health Steering Group.
Anton has been a full-time GP at the Park Surgery in Cirencester since 1986, and has been senior partner since 2012. He has been a GP Trainer since 1989 and has worked in hospital obstetrics, cardiology, dermatology and general medicine. He also has an interest in homoeopathic prescribing, having done some training at the Royal Homoeopathic hospital in London in 1991-2. A member of the Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, Dr Borg has worked as a pilgrimage doctor since 2000.
Sarah is a Chartered Physiotherapist, a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and immediate past Chair of the European Region of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. She was the Allied Health Professions and Health Care Scientists Leadership Lead for the West Midlands and the Head of Therapy Services at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. She is a Trustee of the College of Medicine and Chair of Trustees of Rosetta Life.
Catherine is a GP, who works as lead doctor at Penny Brohn a multi-disciplinary charity which delivers integrated healthcare to people affected by cancer. She also works part time as NHS GP in Bristol and is a MacMillan GP facilitator for Cancer Services advising and working for the Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group. She is honorary clinical lecturer at the University of Bristol and regularly teaches medical postgraduates, undergraduates and the general public. In 2010 she completed a 2 year Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Catherine led the steering group to devise the programme for the Food Conference.
Jonathan is a GP, BaNES CCG board member and CCIO in Bath, having previously worked as a GP Partner in Devon. He has a passion for medical business and corporate governance, has an MBA (Massachusetts), and research MSc (Oxford University), together with MRCS, Fellowship of the Institute of Directors, and is a Chartered Director. Previously, he was on the guidelines Development group for bladder cancer for NICE, and was founding Medical Director of Devon Health Ltd.
Dr Edward Thompson MA MB ChB MRCGP MURHP MARH MBRCP
Dr Edward Thompson is a GP Partner, has an expertise in Integrated Medicine and is an educator. He has studied and practised Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture, as well as Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine for 25 years. He completed his GP training in 2012. His vision is of a genuinely integrated system of medicine – a practical synthesis of modern medicine and CAM, which is accessible to the public, and teachable to health professionals.
Michael Dooley is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Dorset County Hospital. His special interest is reproductive endocrinology with particular expertise in infertility, menopause, premenstrual syndrome and sports gynaecology. He has attended three Olympic Games as British Team Doctor. Mr Dooley has established The Poundbury Clinics as centres of excellence providing an integrated approach to women’s health.
Laura founded the Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre in 2013. The Centre is an NHS GP surgery which has an integrated team of Complementary Therapists and a Healing Arts Centre. The Healing Arts Centre run programmes in Dance, Drawing and Film making, Art psychotherapy, Narrative workshops, Singing Groups and a Wellbeing Gallery. The programmes are funded through the Robin Hood Health Foundation, a charitable trust set up alongside the practice. Laura is also pioneering a ‘Slow Medicine’ programme in collaboration with Prof Helen Smith and the University of Sussex.
The practice has recently begun Narrative Workshops for clinicians as part of a resilience program for doctors and nurses in Primary Care. In November 2014 they won Innovators of the Year in the GP Awards.
Dr Toh Tsung Wong
Toh Wong is a GP Trainer at the Westbank Practice in Devon and has been practising there since 2008, integrating orthrodox and unorthrodox modalities in his daily NHS practice, such as Diet, Exercise, Acupuncture, NLP, Hypnosis and Mindfulness to improve the 10-minute consultation. He is the Co-founder of Neurolinguistic Healthcare Ltd with Dr Naveed Akhtar which runs training programmes for doctors and healthcare providers in advanced communication skills and therapeutic techniques. He often gives talks using demonstrations of Hypnosis to show what can be done in a very short period of time focusing on the 10-minute consultation. The both of them have organised the Integrative Health Convention in 2018, an annual convention in London showcasing numerous forms of Conventional and Complementary therapies for all practitioners involved in health and healing with an ethos of Learning, Sharing, and Connecting. He believes in offering better patient care through a truly integrated approach.
Dr Naveed Akhtar
Dr Naveed Akhtar has been a principal GP for over 10 years, with Special Interests in Minor Surgery, Musculoskeletal Medicine and Mental Health. He is a Master NLP Trainer, a Hypnotherapist and a medical Acupuncturist.
Prior to becoming a GP, Dr Akhtar trained as a surgeon completing his MRCS in 2007. As a specialist in hand surgery, he was an advisor to the Royal College of Surgeons developing guidelines for the treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Dr Bogdan Chiva Giurca
With a total of 48 national and international prizes, Bogdan is an award-winning, newly qualified doctor in London (South Thames Foundation School) with a strong passion for medical leadership and management, public health, primary care, and innovation.
Bogdan has worked as part of the National Primary Care Team as a student voice and remains a Collaborator for the Harvard Global Health Institute. His work has influenced national healthcare policy and has driven key changes within the Undergraduate medical school curriculum. Throughout medical school, Bogdan has contributed to several peer-reviewed publications and policy documents, including the UK NHS Long Term Plan (a 10-year roadmap for the future of healthcare), the Personalised Care Model, GP Partnership Review, as well as authoring three books, including the most recent 350-pages ‘Unofficial Guide to Getting into Medical School’.
Working with a team of 5,000+ medical students internationally, Bogdan is the founder of multiple large-scale projects, including the NHS Social Prescribing Champion Scheme (https://collegeofmedicine.org.uk/social-prescribing/), International Social Prescribing Day (www.socialprescribingnetwork.com), TalkCancer (www.tctalkcancer.wixsite.com/talkcancer ), and Medefine Education (www.medefine.org), an organisation widening access to medical school globally.
For his work, Bogdan has been offered over £100,000 in scholarships and grants, has been named Student Leader of the Year (2017), Student of the Year (2017 and 2018, College of Medicine), as well as meeting HRH Prince of Wales on three occasions and receiving an honorarium for community impact.