John Gilbert retired from thirty one years in general practice. Formerly a GP trainer and medical tutor. Over the last three years he has worked as senior lecturer in the UK National Physicians Assistant (now Associate) programme at Wolverhampton University. In January 2014 he joined colleagues at Birmingham with whom he has worked to be part of a newly formed team at Birmingham to develop the Physician Associate programme. This will provide a new tier of health care professional in the NHS workforce who will work directly for doctors in various specialities including general practice.
John has longstanding experience in general practice where h worked as a general practitioner in West Bromwich, Sandwell to improve health outcomes at grass roots level. Primary Care targeted major issues of morbidity including improving diabetic care, addressing the high incidence of ischaemic heart disease and promoting cancer detection. John worked in an area of ethnic diversity where health policies were proactive in addressing the health needs of ethnic minorities and asylum seekers.
The area along with much of the Black Country has over the years undergone considerable regeneration. John worked to improve the facilities for patients and medical teams delivering primary care and with others secured a major building development to provide first class primary care services in the centre of West Bromwich.
John developed medical education in the practice by setting up teaching for medical students, being a GP trainer and supporting nursing staff in obtaining nursing degrees, training for advanced nurse practitioner status and nurse prescribing.
John worked over the years with colleagues on the Local Medical Committee, Primary Care Trust Board, Public Health, Locality Commissioning, Clinical Care Pathways and was Clinical Governance lead for Wednesbury and West Bromwich.
John’s experience was used at Wolverhampton University to give teaching from a GP perspective to physician assistant students, nurses, school nurses and health visitors.
Medical tutor for PRIME ( Partnerships in Medical Education). This is a medical education charity and its tutors offer their services free of charge in developing situations to assist in both post-graduate and undergraduate medical education. I have done work in Romania, Armenia, Ethiopia and currently South Sudan.
Board member for a small charity Medic Assist International with responsibility for minor projects in South Sudan and Uganda