“I am good at engaging team members to be involved and work towards common goals – taking time to establish my leadership credentials. I combine analysis and creativity – and persevere to achieve agreed goals.”
Dr Ruth Chambers OBE, DM, FRCGP
Experience as an External Examiner
|2015||St George’s University of London. External examiner for MD thesis of Dr Peter Orton.|
|2004 – 2008||Manchester University. External examiner for the Postgraduate awards in Medical Education.|
|2001 – 2005||University of Central Lancashire. Masters in Health Informatics.|
|2005||Keele University. External examiner for Department of Medicine. MD thesis of Dr Kevan Thorley.|
|2005||University of Warwick. External examiner for Warwick Medical School. MSc in Primary Health Care Studies, by research – Emma Hopgood.|
|2002||Keele University. External examiner for Health Planning and Management. PhD thesis of Duncan Short.|
|2002||University of Nottingham. External examiner for Department of General Practice. PhD thesis of Dr Maureen Baker.|
|2001||Keele University. External examiner for School of Postgraduate Medicine. PhD thesis of Heath Forbes Heattie.|
|1997 – 2001||University of Warwick. Masters in Primary Care. External examiner.|
PhD Research Supervision
- Successful completion: Dr Gill Wakley, Keele University. ‘Sexual health promotion in primary care’. Completed 2000.
Peer Reviewer for Journals
- British Medical Journal
- British Journal of General Practice
- Family Practice
- Health Expectations
- Medical Education
- Social Science and Medicine
Overall manager of Staffordshire Medical Audit Advisory Group 1992 – 1995 (16 staff/contracted members).
Extensive experience as a project manager and director of range of projects in NHS and across Staffordshire University from 1990 to now. I manage the whole extent of projects from: recruiting staff, reviewing staff performance, applying for and allocating the budgets, directing the project programmes and ensuring targets and milestones reached, writing up reports for publications in peer reviewed journals, to implementing or facilitating changes resulting from projects.
Establishment of Stoke-on-Trent Teaching PCT programme 2003 – 2005. This encompassed the setting up of a team of 14 personnel from scratch. Identifying and allocating budgets, creating an infrastructure, evolving roles and responsibilities, making and agreeing an overall learning and development plan that matched trust priorities and health professionals’ needs.
GP Director of Postgraduate Education, West Midlands Workforce Deanery: ultimately accountable for 70 strong GP educator workforce.
Clinical director of Practice Development & Performance Stoke-on-Trent Primary Care Trust 2010 – 12; then Clinical director of Practice Development & Performance Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group 2012 – 3; then Clinical associate of Practice Development & Performance Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group 2013 – 5.
Leadership Strengths and Experience
I am a natural leader – and am flexible enough to be able to lead from the front or from the back – whatever is most appropriate for the team dynamics and job in hand. I usually adopt a facilitatory style of leadership, empowering individual team members so that they can take successively more responsibility – and receive public recognition for their achievements.
I am good at engaging team members to be involved and work towards common goals – taking time to establish my leadership credentials.
I combine analysis and creativity – and persevere to achieve agreed goals.
TV and Radio Experience
|Misc||Other radio programmes not logged since 2002 – every few months.|
|2002||BBC Radio 4 – Adolescent health promotion.|
|2002||BBC World Service – Teenage pregnancy.|
|2001||BBC Radio Stoke – young people’s lifestyles.|
|2000||BBC Radio Stoke – Back pain; teenage pregnancy.|
|1999||BBC Radio Stoke – Work related stress.|
|1998||BBC Radio 4 – NHS changes discussion programme.|
|1997||BBC Radio Asian Today – Stress and sickness in doctors.|
|1997||You and Yours BBC Radio 4 – Interviewed about size of problem of prescription fraud.|
|1997||BiteBack BBC – Interviewed about biases of Panorama programme.|
|1997||Panorama – Interviewed about balance of career/family life.|
|1996||BBC Pebble Mill– Interviewed about recruitment issues in general practice.|
|1996||Radio Stoke – Interviewed about the planned Re-entry Scheme for non-principals.|
|1996||Woman’s Hour BBC Radio 4 – Interviewee for feature on Double Discrimination.|
|1994 – 1996||Radio Stoke – Five interviews about doctors’ stress, depression in general.|
|1995 – 1996||BBC Radio 5 – Interviewed about the effects of stress and depression in doctors.|
|1995||Midlands Tonight BBC news programme – Interviewed about doctors’ stress and the Staffordshire GPs’ support scheme; followed around during typical work in the practice.|
|1980||Generations Talking BBC documentary – one of three doctors talking about changing times.|
Over her extensive medical career, Ruth has written or contributed to over 70 books and 115 papers in medical journals and articles in the medical press.
Ruth has spoken at a variety of national and international conferences, reflecting her diverse expertise in clinical and organisational topics.