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West London GP on New Year Honours List says: ‘We need to address the wider determinants on health’

An influential West London GP who made the New Year Honours List for her work on social inclusion, mental health and homeless health has told The College of Medicine that ‘health is much more than the absence of illness’.

Dr Fiona Butler was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community in West London in the 2024 list.

A GP at Health Partners at Violet Melchett and Clinical Director of Brompton Health PCN, Fiona has been GP Principal at her practice for over 15 years, supporting almost 10,000 patients.

The doctor is clinical lead for social inclusion, mental health and homeless health and responsible for developing more integrated services in the community.

Speaking about her BEM, she told The College of Medicine: ‘I am delighted to receive this award for services to health in West London.

‘I have felt privileged as a local GP to hold leadership roles in both commissioning and providing over many years across West London and North West London.

‘It is with the support of colleagues across partner organisations and the community that I have been able to play my part in development and delivery of truly integrated services for local people.’

She said that while the ‘challenges have often been great’ so too has ‘the will to overcome them’.

Dr Butler added: ‘I have long believed that ‘health’ is more than the absence of illness, and we need to address the wider determinants of health with parity of focus on wellbeing alongside physical health needs.

‘To see this vision unfold at the Violet Melchett Health and Wellbeing Hub as part of development of integrated neighbourhood teams is very rewarding.’