Dr Phil Hammond, recently retired Associate Specialist for the Paediatric Fatigue Service, Journalist, Broadcaster, Writer, and Comedian will be joining Professor Sir Simon Wessely, RSM immediate Past-President, for a conversation about his career, his view on the current state and longevity of the NHS, his new book ‘Dr Hammond’s Covid Casebook’ – a Sunday Times bestseller, his new 4-part radio series ‘Dr Phil’s Bedside Manner’, and what he plans to achieve during his retirement.
Phil qualified as a Doctor in 1987 and worked in the NHS for 37 years. He worked part time in general practice for over 20 years and has also worked in sexual health. He recently retired from a specialist NHS paediatric fatigue team post based at the Royal United Hospital. He has just trained and volunteered to aid in the COVID-19 vaccination effort and is yet to be called up.
He has presented five series of ‘Trust Me, I’m a Doctor’ on BBC2, and has been a ‘Private Eye’ medical correspondent for 30 years. In 2012, Phil was shortlisted for the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism for ‘Shoot the Messenger’, a Private Eye investigation into the shocking treatment of NHS whistle-blowers. His coverage of the pandemic in Private Eye was also highly praised.
As a comedian, Phil was half of the award-winning double act ‘Struck Off and Die’. His GP comedy ‘Polyoaks’ had five series on Radio 4, and in his new 4-part Radio 4 series, ‘Dr Phil’s Bedside Manner’, Phil toured NHS hospitals, chatting with staff, patients, carers and volunteers, and then cheered them up with a comedy show. It is available on the BBC Sounds App.
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