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Dr Peter Graves - Ambassador SAMF

Dr Peter Graves

  • Position: Ambassador

Dr Peter Graves

My career in brief…I qualified from the London Hospital Medical College in 1980 and went on to train as a GP.  After 12 years in partnership, I became involved in some innovative development programmes providing GP services in the most deprived parts of Central London.  This work led me to write a book on quality and to be awarded Fellowship of the RCGP.

In 2004 I became Chief Executive of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Local Medical Committee. I continued to work as a GP and during this period also gave my services at the 2012 London Olympics.  Whilst a key role at the LMC was to negotiate on behalf of GPs with local and national NHS management, I also provided a range of support services for nearly 1500 GPs in over 300 practices, including teaching and training.

What SAMF means to me…During my time with the LMC I developed a pastoral support service and personally gave one to one pastoral support to many GPs and their families who found themselves facing very difficult circumstances.  Consequently,  I witnessed how, without notice and, most often, through no fault of their own, doctors and their families can run into financial difficulties with serious impacts on the welfare of their children.  This is where SAMF is able to step in and why SAMF is so important.  Because of the work SAMF has done for many doctors and their families, I am proud to act as an Ambassador to advertise and promote its good work.

My hope for the future of SAMF…In the future I hope SAMF will become far better known, increase its membership and be able to support even more doctors and/or their families. All doctors should know they can rely on SAMF at a time when they are unable to adequately provide themselves.