Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard MBBS, PhD, FRCG

Clinical Senior Lecturer
MSc Primary Care Academic Lead
Academic GP Trainee Lead

Primary Care Clinical Sciences


Contact details

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 2953

Fax +44 (0)121 414 6571

Email h.j.stokeslampard@bham.ac.uk

Primary Care Clinical Sciences
School of Health and Population Sciences
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Helen Stokes-Lampard is a GP Principal and Primary Care Academic at the Department of Primary Care, having started here in 2000 as a GP Registrar and progressed through the ranks to her current role.

As Clinical Director of the Primary Care Trials Unit Helen was involved in advising on a diverse range of research projects. Since handing over the reins she has remained as Chair of the New Business committe and the Primary Care representative on the CLRN and she sees her primary research role as being focussed on enhanced communication between the research teams and the Trials Unit team.

Helen is the Programme Director for the MSc in Clinical Primary and Community Care at the University and is the Academic lead for the Academic GP Trainee programme.

Having many diverse roles outside the University, including being the Honorary Treasurer of the Royal College of General Practitioners (the largest Medical Royal College) and her commitment to General Practice at The Cloisters Medical Practice in Lichfield, she is committed to the ‘bigger picture’ of academic research but also believes in high quality one-to-one patient contact and the value of continuity of care for chronic disease management.

Having been funded locally by a Deanery initiative and then by two NIHR awards (doctoral and post-doctoral) she recognises the importance of valuing and nurturing junior clinical academics and encouraging their careers through the early years.


  • FRCGP 2010
  • PhD Medicine (University of Birmingham) 2010
  • MSc (Primary Care Research Methods, University of Birmingham) 2003
  • MRCGP (Merit) 2002
  • LOC(IUT) 2002
  • DRCOG (RCOG) 1998
  • DFSRH (RCOG) 2000
  • MBBS (London) 1996


Helen Stokes-Lampard qualified in Medicine from St George’s Hospital Medical School, London in 1996. Initially contemplating a career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, she underwent a Damascene conversion to Academic Primary Care and joined the Department at Birmingham in 2000 as an Academic GP Registrar. She quickly became invoved in the RCGP and became a nationally elected representative for GPs in training which involved membership of several national committees including revising the assessment process for the new MRCGP examination.

Having successfully completed her GP Training in Birmingham she took up the offer of a post as a part time Principal at The Cloisters Medical Practice immediately after qualifying and simultaneously started at The University of Birmingham as an Academic Fellow.

Helen spent some time organising a highly successful national conference for GPs in training (GP or not to be?) she then focussed on her research career and gained a national fellowship to fund her doctoral studies and training.

Having completed her PhD she immediately took up the post as Clinical Director of the Primary Care Trials Unit (PCCRTU), one of the busiest and most successful Primary Care research units in the UK.

In Nov 2011 Helen was elected as Assistant Treasurer of the Royal College of GPs, taking over the full role of Honorary Treasurer in November 2012. From this point she handed over the Trials Unit and took over as Academic Lead for the MSc in Clinical Primary and Community Care and she also is the Academic Lead for Academic GP Trainees based at the University.


Teaching Programmes

Varied contribution to the undergraduate Medicine programme including regular teaching and examining of Ethics, Professional Socialisation and Communication Skills. Additionally some ad hoc lectures in the introductory programme.

Regular guest lectures in the MSc Oncology and Cytopatology Screeners Training Programmes.

Most significantly Helen heads up the MSc Clinical Primary and Community Care programme and is also module lead for the Community Gynaecology module.

Postgraduate supervision

Helen is currently supervising both MSc and PhD students. She is interested in supervising additional MSc or doctoral research students in the following areas:

  • Women’s health issues in the primary care setting
  • Cancer screening in Primary Care
  • Contraception or STD Screening in Primary Care

If you are interesting in studying any of these subject areas please contact Helen on the contact details above, or for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email: dr@contacts.bham.ac.uk or call +44 (0)121 414 5005.

For a full list of available Doctoral Research opportunities, please visit our Doctoral Research programme listings.   



The role of vaginal vault cytology tests (vault smears) post hysterectomy in clinical practice: A programme of work which has explored the knowledge and attitudes of primary and secondary healthcare professionals towards this diagnostic test, a systematic review of the literature on the subject, an audit of current practice in a local tertiary centre and now a large data-linkage cohort study, using routinely collected datasets, exploring which women are undergoing hysterectomies, why, what follow up they are receiving and whether this is appropriate according to national guidance.

Epidemiology of hysterectomy
A dataset study, looking at 5 years of data concerning all women in England who had a hysterectomy (2004-2009), to further explore some of the previously unknown findings from my PhD: investigating increased mortality over previously published work and considering the unexplained increase in the use of subtotal hysterectomy over the past decade.

Exercise and its benefits on female health: (PI Amanda Daley) I have been part of a small team looking at the role of exercise in various aspects of female health in Primary Care, including a full Cochrane systematic literature review of the benefits of exercise on vasomotor symptoms at the menopause, a large questionnaire survey of self help treatments for the menopause and the role of exercise and we are currently running two clinical trials considering the beneficial effects of exercise in the post natal and peri-menopausal periods.

I have a diverse range of other interests including Sexually Transmitted Diseases, contraception, end of life care and cancer screening in general.

Other activities

  • 2002 – Present, GP Principal, The Cloisters Medical Practice, Lichfield.
  • 2005 – Present, Honorary Treasurer of the Midland Faculty of the RCGP.
  • 2010 – 2013: External Examiner BM Finals, Southampton Medical School.
  • 2009-2012:  External Examiner MMedSci Keele University Medical School.
  • 2009 - Present:  Women in Academic Medicine, working party, College of Medicine, University of Birmingham.
  • 2010 – Present Executive Board member of the Society for Academic Primary Care.
  • 2010 – Present:  Member of national Audit committee of RCGP.
  • 2008 – 2010:  Chair of Personnel Group, School of Health and Population Sciences, University of Birmingham.
  • 2008 - April 2009:  Regional Treasurer Representative on the Finance Committee of the RCGP.
  • 2002 - 2005:  GPs in training representative on Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Trainees Committee.
  • 2002 - 2004:  Moderator of an RCGP e-forum for newly qualified GPs.
  • 2001 – 2003:  GP Registrar Observer on RCGP Council, by national election. 
  • 2001 – 2004:  GP Registrar Observer on RCGP Midlands Faculty Committee with active involvement in RCGP locally.


H J Stokes-Lampard (2010)  Utilisation of vaginal vault cytology tests post-hysterectomy:  An exploration of the factors influencing variability in NHS utilisation of vaginal vault cytology tests.  Lambert.  ISBN 978383839007. 
J Smith, A Cook, C Packer, H J Stokes-Lampard.  Testing for Chlamydia trachomatis: is more choice a good thing?  JFFPRHC, Nov 2010, Manuscript No: 09-CMT-160R.
H J Stokes-Lampard, S Wilson, C Waddell, L Bentley.

Vaginal vault cytology tests in practice; what is the current situation?  Analysis of a decade of date from a UK tertiary centre.  Cytopathology.  Published online 25th May 2010, in print Nov 2010.

A Daley, HJ Stokes-Lampard, C MacArthur.  Exercise to reduce vasomotor and other menopausal symptoms: A review.  Maturitas. 2009, 63-3.176-180.

Bankhead CR, Collins C, Stokes-Lampard H, Rose P, Wilson S, Clements A, Mant D, Kehoe ST, Austoker J.  Identifying symptoms of ovarian cancer:  A qualitative and quantitative study. BJOG 2008; 115:1008-1014.

H J Stokes-Lampard, J Macleod, S Wilson, Variation in NHS utilisation of vault smear tests in women post-hysterectomy:  A study, using routinely collected datasets BMC Women's Health 2008, 8:6.

Daley A, MacArthur C, Stokes-Lampard H, Wilson S, McManus R, Mutrie N.  Exercise participation, Body Mass Index and Health-Related Quality of Life in Menopausal Aged Women.  BJGP 2007; b:130-135.

Stokes-Lampard H, Wilson S, Waddell C, Ryan A, Holder R, Kehoe S.  Vaginal vault smears after hysterectomy for reasons other than malignancy: a systematic review of the literature.  BJOG 2006; 113:1354-1365.

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