Phil Hammond is a GP, writer, speaker and broadcaster. He graduated at Cambridge University and St Thomas’ Hospital, London in 1987 and after house-jobs he was accepted onto the Bath Vocational Training Scheme for General Practice. Between 1993 and 1996, he was a Lecturer in Medical Communication at the University of Birmingham Medical School and received the Owen Wade Award for Teacher of the Year, as voted by the students. Between 1996 and 1999, he was a Lecturer in Medical Communication at the University of Bristol Medical School, and his work was highly commended by the General Medical Council and Quality Assessment Authority.
As a doctor, Phil worked as a GP for 10 years before switching to Sexual Health Medicine for two years between 2000 and 2002. He has recently returned to General Practice, and is an Honorary Lecturer at Bristol University. Phil has vast experience of public speaking and the media. He has successfully, facilitated, chaired and spoken at over 300 medical conferences for both clinical and pharmaceutical industry staff. He has worked with Glaxo SmithKline and HIV specialists before, and chaired a London conference for the UK launch of Trizivir.
In his capacity as a Lecturer in Communication Skills, Phil has taught frequently about the complexities of medical decision-making and is currently facilitating workshops, in conjunction with the Department of Health, on Promoting Patient Choice using the Ottawa Personal Decision Guide. Phil’s track record in the media is as a doctor who champions the rights of patients. He co-wrote and fronted six series of “Trust Me, I’m a Doctor”, an award-winning BBC 2 health series promoting evidence-based patient choice, and his book of the same name is a best-seller.
Phil is also an accomplished performer and after-dinner speaker, having toured the UK recently with a sell-out show entitled “89 Minutes to save the NHS”. He is very adept at using humour to get serious messages across without undermining the aims and objectives of the meeting. As one client put it; “Phil can be humorous or serious, but never dull.”
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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