Dr David Chesover
- Position: Ambassador
Dr David Chesover
My career in brief… I am now retired after 30 years as a GP and community surgeon in Kent during which time I was also fortunate enough to also work in regional senior clinical management and leadership, GP medical education, and as primary care intervention advisor to NICE for 10 years. Following obtaining a master’s in medical law I worked with a medical defence organisation helping to support struggling practices, investigating and advising on regional clinical disciplinary matters, and helping support individual doctors through our various local LMC support schemes and as a GP appraiser. I have been very lucky over the years to be able to enjoy helping patients and develop clinical practice whilst working with some great colleagues. Happily, I now have more time to spend time with the grandkids, chase moles around the garden and try my hand again at painting and ceramics.
What SAMF means to me… As an organisation that has existed for over 2 centuries SAMF is a vital part of the jigsaw that can offer essential support to doctors and their families who suffer a crisis or run into difficulties. Over the years I came across many colleagues and their families who, usually through no fault of their own, had run into serious often unexpected problems. The recent Covid pandemic and ever-increasing stresses in our health system further highlights the vulnerability of medical colleagues to an unpredicted crisis and the potential need for SAMF’s help.
My hope for the future of SAMF… My hope is that SAMF, while continuing to offer support, can grow awareness of the types of assistance it can offer and increase its membership amongst doctors. As a SAMF ambassador I hope to help the membership increase across all age ranges of doctors. Whilst not expecting the vast majority of members to require help, increasing membership will help to ensure SAMF is there for those that do need assistance along with enhancing the organisation’s philanthropic base and future, ensuring it is always available to potentially help those in our profession.