A few moments with Dr Martin Godfrey
Tell us about your role
I am a Governing Body member representing South West Lambeth and I am the clinical lead for the primary care programme. I also lead Lambeth CCG's Clinical Network, a group of about 50 GPs, nurses, pharmacists and practice managers who advise on the development of our programmes.
What are the big challenges we face at the moment?
We have a number of challenges in primary care, possibly some of the most significant since the NHS was founded. Most importantly we are working to implement local solutions to some of NHS England's five year objectives for healthcare. For example we are developing new strategies to allow GPs to work in teams with other healthcare professionals (the Local Care Networks), allowing them to focus in a more coordinated way on the needs of those people who need the NHS most.
If you could change one thing about the health service what would it be?
I would like patients who have the most need to have more resources (not just financial ones), allowing them to have a more proactive service which helps them stay out of hospital and have a better quality of life.
What is the one thing that you have learnt in the last year that has surprised you and why?
I was surprised by the current dramatic increase in demand for hospital and community care and the suddenness with which it hit us.
What are you most proud of in your working life?
After my kids, my greatest pride is my work in improving health communications both from doctors to the public and between healthcare professionals
What's your current or last reading book?
I recently read last year's Booker Prize winner, The Sellout. While a bit shocking in parts, it made me laugh more than any other book in years.