Professor Sir Sam Everington

MBBS, MRCGP, Barrister, OBE
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Sam is one of seven children and started his working life as a welder in the shipbuilding yard on the west coast of Norway. He trained as a Barrister at Grays Inn, then trained as a doctor at the Royal Free School of medicine. In 1989, he led the junior doctor’s hour’s campaign to reduce working hours from 84 to 72 a week. Professor Aneez Esmail, and he ran a campaign on racial discrimination in the NHS, published research which showed that it was a major problem from the moment of applying to medical school, to the end of a doctor’s career. Sam has been a GP in Tower Hamlets since 1989 in the Bromley by Bow Partnership. The centre had over 100 projects under its roof supporting the wider determinants of health. The social prescribing delivered at the centre, is now part of a network of a two thousand across the country. He is the governor of a local primary school and was one of the founders of THEDOC – Tower Hamlets GP Out of Hours Service. He is now the chair of Tower Hamlets CCG, clinical lead of his STP and the Chair of the 32 London CCG Chairs.

Sam is a member of BMA Council and Vice President of the BMA. In 1999, he received an OBE for services to inner city primary care in 2006, the International Award of Excellence in Health Care and in 2015 a knighthood for services to primary care. He is a member of the National NHS Property Board and NHS Resolution and is Fellow and Honorary Professor of Queen Mary University of London and Vice President of Queen's Nursing Institute. He has previously been a member of GMC Council, Cabinet appointed Ambassador for Social Enterprise, Acting Chair of the BMA, adviser to shadow cabinet ministers between 1992 and 1997 and national advisor to NHS England’s New Models of Care project. He is a trained woodcarver, day skipper, and speaks Norwegian. He trained originally as a cadet pilot in the RAF and lives with his wife and five children in Tower Hamlets, in the east end of London.