Phil Hammond – Keynote Speaker

GP and comedian

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Specialist Subjects

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  • English


Phil Hammond qualified as a doctor in 1987, became a GP in 1991 and has also worked in sexual health. He was half of Struck Off and Die, who had five sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, were twice selected for the Perrier Pick of the Fringe and won Writers’ Guild and Silver Sony Awards for their Radio 4 series. In 2002, Phil fronted “28 Minutes to Save the NHS” on Radio 4, which he extended to a sell out Edinburgh Fringe Show, “59 Minutes to Save the NHS” and further extended to a highly successful 60-date UK tour “89 Minutes to Save the NHS”.

Phil has written Private Eye’s medical column, ‘Doing the Rounds’, since 1992, and broke the story of the Bristol heart scandal. He gave evidence to the subsequent Public Inquiry and presented five series of “Trust Me, I’m a Doctor” on BBC 2, exposing wide variations in care across the NHS. The second edition of the book of his experiences, “Trust Me, I’m a Doctor”, is published by Metro.

He has survived Ruby Wax and “Have I Got News For You” (seven times), has appeared five times on “The News Quiz” and was the only doctor to appear for the prosecution on Channel 4’s “Doctors on Trial”. Phil has been reported to the General Medical Council by William Hague’s Press Secretary.
Phil’s first sitcom, “Doctors and Nurses”, co-written with Nigel Smith, was broadcast on BBC 1 in 2004.

Phil is much in demand as a speaker, facilitator and conference chair, and was recently described by Professor Michael Rawlins, Chair of NICE, as “the best chair we’ve ever had”.

He presents “The Music Group” on Radio 4 (Wednesday 1.30pm). In recent years he has published ‘semi-autobiographical, medico-political, self-help comedy novel with poems’ entitled “Medicine Balls”. He has been a Lecturer in Medical Communication at the Universities of Birmingham and Bristol and currently works as a part time GP in the Bristol area.

His latest book, a pleasure manual entitled Sex, Sleep or Scrabble? is based his experiences working in Sexual health. This is also the inspiration behind his latest live show Dr. Phil’s Rude Health Show, which went on tour in 2010.

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