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

Professor Helen Jayne Stokes-Lampard

Birmingham Medical School
Professor of GP Education

Contact details

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

Helen Stokes-Lampard is Professor of GP Education, a GP Principal and Chair of the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP). She was Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) until Nov 2019 on a three-year secondment from the University, she is now back, working for the Medical School on a series of reports and projects.

The RCGP is the UK’s largest Medical Royal College, representing over 53,000 family doctors across the UK and worldwide. 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.


  • DSc (Hon, London), 2019
  • FRCGP, 2010
  • PhD Medicine, University of Birmingham, 2010
  • MSc in Primary Care Research Methods, University of Birmingham, 2003
  • MRCGP (Merit), 2002
  • LOC(IUT), 2002
  • DRCOG (RCOG), 1998
  • DFSRH (RCOG), 2000
  • MBBS (London), 1996


As part of her role as RCGP Chair, Helen had a high media profile with over 200 TV, 200 radio and 20,000 appearances in printed media (newspapers). She sat on national workforce committees, the national emergency pressures panel and met 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 Institute of Clinical Excellence, CMOs office and other relevant bodies. She was 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.

As Chair of the Board of NASP, she is helping shape the direction of this new independent body (to be a registered charity in 2020), establish an academic basis of the social prescribing movement and raise its profile.

She is a part-time GP partner at The Westgate Practice Greenhill Health Centre in Lichfield (formerly known as The Cloisters Medical Practice), Staffordshire, a very large but friendly 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. She continues to provide personal mentoring to a range of colleagues.

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

She was Clinical Director of the NIHR accredited Primary Care Trials Unit at Birmingham until July 2012. 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.

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


Teaching programmes

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

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

Postgraduate supervision

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

  • 2019: Faculty of Public Health, awarded the Presidents Medal.
  • 2019: Numerous keynote lectures and speeches as Chair of RCGP – average 2 per week including the Royal Institution (public lecture on Mental Health and Technology), Pulse Live, Westminster Health Forum, Learned Society of Wales, Multiple appearances at Next Generation GP (a national GP leadership movement) and delivery of the GP Grand Round at St George’s.
  • 2018: Judge on Pride of Britain Awards, Judge on HSJ Awards, presenter/speaker at the Parliamentary Healthcare Awards. Winner of Social CEOs Best Trustee on Social Media and Best Digital Trustee.
  • 2018: Numerous keynote lectures and speeches as Chair of RCGP (Over 100 in the year) including Annual Conference 2018 (Glasgow), Plenary speaker at National Voices conference (14/3/18), Royal College of Physicians 500th Anniversary, Balint Society, British Geriatrics Society. Several regional Medical Societies, Participant at conferences hosted by the General Medical Council, Health Services Journal, Royal College of Anaethesia, British Cardiology Society, BJGP, Multiple speaking engagements at RCGP Faculty events, and several appearances at Next Generation GP (a national GP leadership movement)
  • 2018: Eponymous notable lectures: The Sir David Bruce Memorial Lecture (Sandhurst Military Academy 11/10/18), the Gale Lecture (Bristol 8.6.18), the MacConaghey Lecture (Plymouth, 6.9.18)
  • 2017: Numerous keynote lectures and speeches as Chair of RCGP, including RCGP Annual Conference (Liverpool), SAPC Annual Symposium, Address to UEMO General Assembly, The Allied Healthcare Professionals NHSE conference, Lecture (Wales), GP Reimagined (Newcastle), The Kings Fund Mental Health in Primary Care, several GP Trainers conferences. MRCGP Examiners conference. Several GP Trainees Annual Conferences, Practice Managers conference (Nottingham), Faulty events and GP Medical School societies
  • 2017: Eponymous notable lectures include Elizabeth Blackwell Lecture (Bristol 2.11.17), the Branston Lecture (Cumbria 17.10.17) The Harvard Davies Lecture (Swansea 9.11.17
  • 2017 – Keynote Lectures: The Elizabeth Blackwell Lecture (Bristol); The Harvard Davies Lecture (Wales); The Branston Lecture (Cumbria).
  • 2016 – 2019: Vice Chair of Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.
  • 2016 – 2019: Chair of Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
  • 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 – 2019: Trustee of RCGP.
  • 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.


Recent publications

GoranitisI, Bellanc L, DaleyAJ, ThomasA, Stokes-LampardH, Roalfe A, JowettS, Aerobic exercise for vasomotor menopausal symptoms: a cost-utility analysis based on the Active Women trial. PLoS ONE. 12(9):e0184328. Sept 2017

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

Peer reviewed publications

  • Hillman S C, Stokes-Lampard H, Kilby M D. Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy. Easily Missed? BMJ 2016;325:11236
  • Daley A, Stokes-Lampard H, Mutrie N, MacArthur C. Exercise for vasomotor menopausal symptoms. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007 & 2010, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD006108. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006108.pub2

Articles published in Academic Journals

  • Marshall M, Shah R, Stokes-Lampard H. Online consulting in General Practice: making the move from disruptive innovation to mainstream service: Editorial BMJ  2018;360:k1195
  • Stokes-Lampard H, Openshaw D. General Practice at the heart of the NHS: now and in the future. Editorial BJGP July 20018 p308-9.
  • Stokes-Lampard H, Weaving A. General Practice; What are we like? Editorial InnovAiT 6 Aug 2018.
  • Holgate S, Stokes-Lampard H. Air pollution – a wicked problem, Editorial BMJ 2017;357:j2814
  • Stokes-Lampard H. Only 50 shades of grey? Living with uncertainty in UK General Practice. Editorial BGJP May 2014.
  • Daley, A.J, Stokes-Lampard H, MacArthur C. 'Feeling hot, hot, hot':  is there a role for exercise in the management of vasomotor and other menopausal symptoms? Editorial. J Fam Plan Reprod Health Care 2007:33(3) 143-145

Official reports


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