Prof Deborah Sharp
Debbie Sharp is Professor of Primary Health Care at the University of Bristol ( Centre for Academic Primary Care). She is nearly an Emeritus – but not quite. She set up the unit, as it was at the start, in 1994, with about 5 members of staff and stepped down as head in 2011, when there were over 60 members of staff including several professors. Her post was originally set up to develop GP teaching in Bristol with the arrival of the GMC Tomorrow’s Doctors and as a result of that played an active role at the GMC – on council and the education committee. But research was and is her passion – originally in women’s mental health and then more broadly in primary care health services research. She became head of the medical School in 2000 and moved more into developing academic careers – whilst maintaining her base in academic general practice with AF2s ACFs PhDs and ACL posts coming to Bristol. She has ended up as head of the School of Clinical Academic Training at the Severn Deanery responsible for over 70 academic trainees in all specialities focussing on career development and mentorship. She has had many roles with SAPC including being secretary of the HODs group and Chair of SAPC.