About this event

  • Date and time Wed 19 Jan 2022 from 7:00pm to 8:05pm
  • Location Online

Register here to join our In Conversation Live with Dr Phil Hammond 

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.

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Dr Hammond qualified as a Doctor in 1987 and worked in the NHS for 37 years. As a doctor, he worked part time in general practice for over 20 years and has also worked in sexual health. His most recent post was in a specialist NHS paediatric fatigue team based at the Royal United Hospital in Bath up to his recent retirement on 1 January 2022. He has just trained and volunteered to aid in the COVID-19 vaccination effort and is yet to be called up.

Dr Hammond was a lecturer in medical communication at the Universities of Birmingham, and Bristol, and was voted Teacher of the Year by the Birmingham students.

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, breaking the story of the Bristol heart scandal in 1992 and giving evidence to the subsequent public inquiry.

In 2012, Dr Hammond 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 highly praised, and a book of the columns – Dr Hammond’s Covid Casebook – is a Sunday Times bestseller.

As a comedian, Phil was half of the award-winning double act Struck Off and Die, with Tony Gardner. They won a Writer’s Guild Award, a Silver Sony Award and received record numbers of complaints to the Broadcasting Standards Council.

He has performed at Edinburgh fringe shows since 1990 and completed four solo UK tours. 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 intimately with staff, patients, carers and volunteers, and then cheered them up with a comedy show. It is available on the BBC Sounds App here.

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The In Conversation Live webinar series will continue our much loved In Conversation events, giving you the opportunity to get first-hand insights into the lives and thoughts of high profile individuals, bringing an intimate, relaxed and entertaining perspective into your living room.    

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