Dr Robert Lambourn

MB ChB [Bristol, 1983], FRCGP, DA, DCCH, DRCOG, Family Planning Certificate

I have been a GP in Wooler since 2004, having previously worked in General Practice in Ashington for 14 years. Prior to that I did a variety of hospital posts, including anaesthetics [being awarded the Diploma in Anaesthetics], child health [Diploma in Community Child Health] and obstetrics and gynaecology [Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Family Planning Certificate] plus a variety of other jobs including casualty, internal medicine and psychiatry and GP training posts in Blyth and Amble [Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners].

I consider myself to be foremost a family doctor and have interests in all aspects of family medicine. I am particularly interested in health care in rural areas, and am a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners' Rural Forum Steering Group; Chair of the Northern Faculty of the RCGP. GP advisor to the Northeast Ambulance Service. I am honorary medical officer to Glendale Show and north Northumberland Point-to-Point races.

I also have a great interest in training and education, have been recognised as a GP trainer by the Northern Deanery since 1995, specialising in trainig GP registrars to help produce a high-quality workforce for the future.

Outside medicine my interests include my family - I am married to Dr Elizabeth Batley and we have five children of varying ages; photography; walking and cycling - often with the children; traditional music, specialising in music of Northumberland and the Borders, playing regularly in traditional music sessions around the area and with a local semi-professional ceilidh dance band.

GP trainer

Dr Lambourn has been an accredited GP trainer since 1995. This involves teaching GP Registrars in the practice. Dr Lambourn is also a 'supervisory trainer' - this means he teaches other GPs how to teach, as part of a structured 'learning to teach' programme. Dr Lambourn is also responsible for ensuring GP Registrars are achieving progress at an appropriate rate, and are fit to practice at the end of GP training. He is also part of a panel ensuring GP trainers reach required standards, and is heavily involved in Recruitment and Selection of GP registrars.

GP training is currently of 3 years duration. It is widely recognised this may not be long enough. As a result, Dr Lambourn is piloting a new 3.5 year training programme in Rural General Practice, the first training post of its kind in England.

Honorary posts

Dr Lambourn is also heavily involved in three honorary [ie. totally unpaid!] posts with the Royal College of General Practitioners [RCGP]. The RCGP is a professional membership body dedicated to providing the highest quality of patient care. It is not a trade union and is not under political control or affiliation, both of which increase the College's credibility when in discussion with policiticians. Dr Lambourn is a member of the North East England Faculty Board and represents the North East in London meetings of the RCGP UK Council. He is also chair of the RCGP Rural Forum, which is a group of 800 doctors working in remote and rural locations, such as Wooler, and is heavily involved in the different healthcare needs of patients in rural locations. The RCGP meetings often take place in the evenings and at weekends so as not to interfere with patient care.

Top award for Dr Lambourn

Local GP, Dr Robert Lambourn has been awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners[FRCGP] . RCGP fellowship is an honour and mark of achievement and is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution to medicine in general and general practice in particular.

Dr Lambourn recently attended an award ceremony in London with his wife, Dr Liz Batley, who is also a GP in Wooler, and three of their children: Adam, aged 12; Eloise,6 and Francesca,4, where he was awarded his Fellowship by professor Mike Pringle, President of the Royal College. Dr Lambourn joked with Professor Pringle that he hoped his cooking would improve as he now has something in common with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who is an honorary FRCGP.

Dr Lambourn has been a GP for 26 years, initially in Ashington and for the past 12 years in Wooler. He has a long-time dedication to teaching and training of junior doctors, and is about to take his thirty-eighth practice trainee. Dr Lambourn also chairs the North East England faculty of the RCGP and is a founder member of the RCGP rural Forum Steering group, a branch of the RCGP which is particularly dedicated to helping patients in remote and rural areas such as North Northumberland. Dr Lambourn is also GP advisor to the North East Ambulance Service Clinical Advisory Group, and honorary senior medical officer to North Northumberland point-to- point races. In addition he has written academic and research papers, particularly on patients choosing their own appointment length and various aspects of GP training.

Dr Lambourn commented: 'I feel this is a terrific honour and achievement, not just for myself, but a recognition of the high quality of care given to patients in Wooler by both medical practices and all the dedicated attached primary care team members.