Professor Helen Jayne Stokes-Lampard MBBS (Lon), PhD, FRCGP, DFSRH, DRCOG, LOC(IUS)

Professor Helen Jayne Stokes-Lampard

Institute of Clinical Sciences
On Secondment until December 2019. Professor of GP Education

Contact details

c/o Institute of Clinical Sciences
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Helen Stokes-Lampard is Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), the UK’s largest Medical Royal College, representing over 52,000 family doctors across the UK.  The Chair shapes policy and leads the strategy of the College, working with politicians, policy makers and the media to ensure that the ‘voice’ of general practice and GPs is understood and represented.

As part of her role as RCGP Chair she has a high media profile with over 80 TV, 150 radio and 2000 appearances in printed media (newspapers) in 2017.  She sits on national workforce committees and meets with politicians and policy makers at Dept of Health, NHS England, the General Medical Council, Health Education England, Public Health England, the Care Quality Commission, National Instiute of Clinical Excellent, CMOs office and other relevant bodies. She is also the Vice Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

Helen was previously RCGP Honorary Treasurer (2012-16), the first female to hold this position.  As Honorary Treasurer she had responsibility for all matters related to the College finances and assets including premises, IT and human resources.

She is a part-time GP partner at The Westgate Practice Greenhill Health Centre in Lichfield (formerly know as The Cloisters Medical Practice), Staffordshire, a friendly, dynamic group practice which she joined in 2002, having just completed her academic GP training in inner city Birmingham and at the Medical School in Birmingham University.

Prior to training as a GP, Helen worked in Obstetrics and Gynaecology for several years and this experience shaped her clinical and academic aspirations.  She was a personal mentor for doctors in difficulty in the Midlands until 2016, a scheme supported by the West Midlands Deanery and RCGP Midland Faculty.

Helen was the Head of Primary Care Teaching (undergraduate) in the Medical School of the University of Birmingham until becoming RCGP Chair.

Her diverse research interests have spanned gynaecological cancer screening, all aspects of women's health, epidemiology and data linkage studies.  The subject of her PhD was 'Variation in NHS Utilisation of Vault Cytology Tests in Women post-hysterectomy'.

She was Clinical Director of the accredited Primary Care Trials Unit at Birmingham until July 2012 when she resigned to allow her time to concentrate on her RCGP roles.  She was also Head of the dynamic Academic GP Trainees programme at Birmingham (including MOD, NIHR and locally funded academic GP trainees).  She ran an MSc module in Community Gynaecology and taught communication skills and ethics.

She is naturally enthusiastic and dynamic with a sense of humour and plenty of pragmatism.


  • 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


Teaching Programmes

Not currently teaching as on Secondment.

Former Academic Head of Community Based Medicine (CBM) Yr1-5 of undergraduate MBChB 2013 - 2016

Has previously made varied contributions to the undergraduate Medicine programme since 2000 including regular teaching and examining of Ethics, Professional Socialisation and Communication Skills. Additionally, some ad hoc lectures in the introductory programme and comprehensive input into assessment both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Regular guest lectures in the MSc Oncology and Cytopathology Screeners Training Programmes

Module lead for the Community Gynaecology module of the MSc in Clinical and Community Care

Postgraduate supervision

Helen is not currently supervising students as she is on Secondment. 

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


In view of other research commitments Helen no longer leads research projects but is happy to act in an advisory capacity.

Other activities

      • 2017 – Keynote Lectures: The Elizabeth Blackwell Lecture (Bristol); The Harvard Davies Lecture (Wales); The Branston Lecture (Cumbria).
      • 2016 – Present: Vice Chair of Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.
      • 2016 – Present: Chair of Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
      • 2012 – 2016: Honorary Treasurer RCGP nationally.
      • 2011 – Present: Trustee of RCGP.
      • 2010 – 2013: External Examiner BM Finals, Southampton Medical School.
      • 2010 – 2013 Executive Board member of the Society for Academic Primary Care.
      • 2010 – 2016: Mentor for Doctors in Difficulty (West Midlands).
      • 2009 – 2012: External Examiner MMedSci Keele University Medical School.
      • 2009 – 2013: Women in Academic Medicine, working party (Athena Swan), College of Medicine, University of Birmingham.
      • 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.
      • 2005 – 2012: Honorary Treasurer of the Midland Faculty of the RCGP.
      • 2002 – Present: GP Principal, Westgate Practice Greenhill Health Centre, Lichfield.
      • 2002 – 2005: GPs in training representative on Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Trainees Committee.
      • 2002 – 2004: Moderator of 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.


Little P, Stuart B, Hobbs FDR, Moore M, Barnett J, Popoola D, Middleton K, Kelly J, Mullee M, Raftery J, Yao G, Carman W, Fleming D, Stokes-Lampard H, Williamson I, Joseph J, Miller S and Yardley L. An internet-delivered handwashing intervention to modifyinfluenza-like illness and respiratory infection transmission (PRIMIT): a primary care randomised trial. The Lancet online. Published Online August 7, 2015.

Daley A, Thomas A, Roalfe A, Stokes-Lampard H, Coleman S, Rees M, Hunter MS and MacArthur C. The effectiveness of exercise as a treatment for vasomotor menopausal symptoms: randomised controlled trial. BJOG Dec 2014.

Daley A, Stokes-Lampard H, Thomas A and MacArthur C.  Exercise for vasomotor menopausal symptoms (Review). The Cochrane Collaboration, Issue 11 2014.

Daley AJ, Stokes-Lampard H, Thomas A, Rees M, Coleman S, Roalfe A, Hunter MS and MacArthur C. Aerobic exercise as a treatment for vasomotor menopausal symptoms: Randomised controlled trial protocolMaturitas 76 (2013)350-356.

Moss EL, Moran A, Reynolds TM and Stokes-Lampard H. Views of general practitioners on the role of Ca125 in Primary Care to diagnose ovarian cancer. BMC Women’s Health 2013,13:8.

Damery S, Nichols L, Holder R, Ryan R, Wilson S, Warmington S, Stokes-Lampard H and Manavi K.  Assessing the predictive value of HIV indicator conditions in general practice: a case-control study using the THIN databaseBrJGenPrac June 2013.

Daley A, Roalfe A, Stokes-Lampard HJ, MacArthur C and Wilson S.  What Women Want? The Exercise Preferences of Menopausal Women. Maturitas 2010.

Stokes-Lampard HJ, Wilson S, Waddell C and Bentley L. 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 2011: 22, 121-129.

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

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

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